Afghanistan Wants U.S. Special Forces To Leave Province

Afghanistan Wants U.S. Special Forces To Leave ProvinceAfghanistan’s president ordered all U.S. special forces to leave a strategically important eastern province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans.

‘Bloody reminder’

Suicide bombers targeted Afghanistan’s intelligence agency and other security forces in four coordinated attacks in the heart of Kabul and outlying areas in a bloody reminder of the insurgency’s reach nearly 12 years into the war.

Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said the decision to order the American special forces to leave Wardak province was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are considered linked to the U.S. special forces. He said all special forces operations were to cease immediately in the restive province next to Kabul, which is viewed as a gateway to the capital and has been the focus of counterinsurgency efforts in recent years.

‘Murdering innocent people’

The Taliban have staged numerous attacks against U.S.-led coalition forces in the province. In August 2011, insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter, killing 30 American troops, mostly elite Navy SEALs, in Wardak. The crash was the single deadliest loss for U.S. forces in the war. Afghan forces have taken the lead in many such special operations, especially so-called night raids.

A statement the security council issued in English said the armed individuals have allegedly been “harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people.” Ceasing all such operations could have a negative impact on the coalition’s campaign to go after Taliban leaders and commanders, who are usually the target of such operations.

The brazen assaults, which occurred within a three-hour timespan, were the latest to strike Afghan forces, who have suffered higher casualties this year as U.S. and other foreign troops gradually take a back seat and shift responsibility for security to the government.

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Source: Patrick Quinn, Associated Press, Yahoo News

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Iran May Be Supplying Weapons to Syria

A recent visit by the commander of Iran’s elite Quds force to Damascus is the strongest sign yet that Iran is supplying weapons to aid Bashar Assad’s crackdown on the Syrian people, a senior Obama administration official said Tuesday.

While the U.S. has long believed Iran is helping drive the deadly crackdown on dissent in Syria, the official says visiting of Quds Force Commander Ghassem Soleimani provides a concrete example of direct high-level cooperation and deal between Iran and Syria. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to speak publicly.

Persian Iran has been Arab Syria’s closest ally for decades, and the Islamic Republic has been a vocal supporter of Assad since the uprising against his regime began in March. The revolt in Syria has turned increasingly militarized in recent months, with a growing risk of civil war. The U.N. says about 400 people have been killed in the past three weeks, on top of an earlier estimate of more than 5,000 dead over the past 10 months. White House national security council spokesman Tommy Vietor said Iran’s aid to Syria is a sign of Assad’s “desperation.”

The administration has called for Assad to step down, and say his regime’s end is inevitable. Officials point to recent defections by senior Syrian military and government officials, including the decision by a member of parliament to leave Syria over the weekend, as signs that Assad’s government is crumbling.


Source: Fox News

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