Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has ordered all NATO and American troops to leave the Wardak province within 2 weeks.
Karzai told a meeting of the National Security Council that "it became clear that armed individuals named as US special force stationed in Wardak province engage in harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people."
The BBC quotes Karzai making more detailed, shocking allegations: "A recent example in the province is an incident in which nine people were disappeared in an operation by this suspicious force and in a separate incident a student was taken away at night from his home, whose tortured body with throat cut was found two days later under a bridge."
It's not clear exactly which forces were responsible. "Afghan officials indicated that the Afghan [troops] were the main suspects," reports the NYTimes, while "the Americans were seen as enabling the abuses rather than perpetrating them."
Karzai's spokesman shed some further light on the decision: "it is better to make the Special Forces withdraw from the province, and let the local people understand that they are facing only Afghan forces. That will bring clarity to the situation."
Via the BBC and the New York Times.