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Complaints on US-led Afghan troops to be checked, Kerry says

Published on Feb 26, 2013 6:26 AM
 
A member of the Afghan National Army provides security with a soldier from the US Army's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment during a patrol near Command Outpost AJK (short for Azim-Jan-Kariz, a near-by village) in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on Jan 31, 2013. United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday complaints against Afghans working for US special forces in Afghanistan would be investigated, a day after Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered US troops to leave a critical battleground province. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday complaints against Afghans working for US special forces in Afghanistan would be investigated, a day after Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered US troops to leave a critical battleground province.

Mr Karzai's spokesman on Sunday said Mr Karzai had decided that all US special forces must leave Wardak Province within two weeks, after accusations that Afghans working for them had tortured and killed innocent people.

The move could further complicate talks between the US and Afghanistan over the presence of American troops in the country once most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) forces leaveby the end of 2014.

"With respect to Afghanistan and Wardak province, I understand the concerns that they have expressed. And appropriately, any complaints that they may have ought to be appropriately evaluated, and they will be, I can assure you," Mr Kerry told reporters during a visit to London.

 
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