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NATO-led troops leave Kunar district

NATO-led troops leave Kunar district

Mar 07, 2011 - 17:55

ASADABAD (PANinfo-icon): When NATOinfo-icon-led troops withdrew from Manogai district of eastern Kunar province, Afghan forces assumed responsibility for the town's security, an official said on Monday.

Soldiers from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force left the district at around 4pm on Sunday, Manogai district chief, Sher Bahadar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"Tribes living in Manogai have assured the government they will help Afghan forces maintain security," he said, adding talks would be held with representatives of tribal councils on Wednesday.

A week ago, coalition troops announced they would leave Manogai. A day after the announcement, an ISAFinfo-icon airstrike left nine children dead in Tangi area of Nanglam valley, sparking protests across the country.

Yar Pacha, the district youth council chief, said that they were happy with the pullout of foreign forces. He asked fighters to lay down their weapons and stop "killing their brothers".

On Sunday, two pick-up trucks brought the Talibaninfo-icon to the district bazaar and they distributed sweets to people to celebrate the coalition's withdrawal.

However, Pacha said the insurgents were warned against entering the bazaar with weapons.

District police chief, Abdul Rahman Bashardost, said Manogai residents had promised to help maintain security of the district. "The Taliban left the Manogai bazaar after a warning from residents."


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