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article imageOp-Ed: Karzai orders American special forces leave Wardak province

By Isabel Ivanescu     Feb 24, 2013 in World
Kabul - The President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has ordered US Special Forces to leave Wardak province following allegations of mistreatment of civilians both by US troops and linked Afghans.
The announcement came after reports surfaced that a student was tortured and killed by American forces and 9 missing persons were reported. The statement release was shortly preceded by an order last week to Afghan forces not to order foreign airstrikes in residential areas.
Although American troops have previously denied involvement in either of these two incidents, a statement released today by a spokesperson for the US Special Force said that the removal of US Special Forces from Wardak Province is "an important issue we must discuss with out Afghan counterparts".
It is fully within the rights of Karzai to demand the US withdraw special forces even if neither or these events happen. All nations have the right to sovereignty unless there are mass human rights abuses, either by the government or which they are allowing to happen without any attempt to stop them. Since neither of these is happening in Afghanistan, its sovereignty allow it jurisdiction over what happens on its territory and the extent to which they want foreign involvement in any and all matters.
Furthermore, the main role of a government is to protect its people. When innocent civilians are being killed or their human rights abused, the government should take measures to stop it.
Although there have been concerns about the removal of US Special Forces from the relatively pivotal province of Wardak allow a way for the Taliban to again reach Kabul, I trust that the President of Afghanistan is more informed on the issue than the majority of editorialists. Also, if the situation does arise, upon request, American troops from the surrounding region could be quickly brought in to assist the Afghan military.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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