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Dunford, Karzai discuss Wardak situation

Dunford, Karzai discuss Wardak situation

Feb 27, 2013 - 17:58

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The top US and NATOinfo-icon commander in Afghanistaninfo-icon on Wednesday met President Hamid Karzai to discuss the security concerns of Maidan Wardak residents and the progress of the ISAFinfo-icon mission.

A statement from the NATO-led force said Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. used the opportunity to reaffirm the coalition's commitment to ensuring the safety and security of Afghan citizens.

During the meeting, the leaders agreed to work together to address the concerns of the people of Wardak. Senior coalition officials will meet provincial leaders to discuss the circumstances surrounding the allegations.

On Sunday, President Karzai gave the US forces two weeks to quit the strategic province because of the alleged misconduct of Afghans linked to them.

Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said the decision was taken at a meeting of the National Security Council “We have received a plethora of complaints, with elders from Wardak giving Karzai evidence of the forces storming people’s houses, torturing and killing the inmates.”

New US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday: "With respect to 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."




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