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US agent detained in southern Afghanistan

Iran Press TV

Sun Jul 7, 2013 3:40PM GMT

Senior provincial officials in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar say they have detained a US agent who has been deeply involved in torturing and killing of Afghan citizens.

The provincial officials say the US citizen of Afghan origin was detained in the troubled Aino Maina region of southern province of Kandahar on Sunday.

Kandahar governor's spokesman Ahmad Jawed Faisal said evidence show the suspect alongside American forces has committed torture and multiple crimes against civilians in the Wardak Province

This comes weeks after Afghan investigators found substantial proof that American Special Forces have been involved in kidnapping, torturing and killing of Afghan civilians in Maidan Wardak Province back in February.

The developments came after locals complained to human rights groups of being terrorized in recent months by US commandos and armed Afghan irregulars working with them.

Local residents said hundreds of families had left their homes due to harassment and torture by US-backed military units in the province in recent months.

The US-backed NATO command has for months ignored residents’ complaints of severe abuses committed by the elite American troops.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered US Special Forces to immediately withdraw from the violence-wracked province after investigators revealed evidence of torture and killings

Karzai has also prohibited his armed forces from requesting NATO airstrike support. Hundreds of Afghan civilians have been killed in several US-led airstrikes in various regions of Afghanistan over the past few months.

Civilian casualties have long been a source of friction between the Afghan government and US-led foreign forces and have dramatically increased anti-US sentiments in Afghanistan.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops.


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