Afghans protest special forces presence

300 demonstrators from Wardak Province staged a noisy but peaceful demonstration calling for President Hamid Karzai’s order that the Americans remove all Special Operations troops from the province, after complaints about night raids in which victims disappeared to be obeyed. Some were apparently relatives of people who disappeared in raids by Afghans who work alongside the Americans in Wardak, and they carried photographs of nine people who had disappeared after one of the night operations. The continued presence of American Special Operations troops in Wardak Province, against the wishes of the Afghan government, brought the demonstrators to the capital on Saturday and provoked a strongly worded denunciation from Muslim clerics.“If the Americans once again do not honor their commitments and keep on disobeying, then this will be considered as an occupation, and they may expect to see a reaction to their action”


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