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Afghanistan Orders US Troops to Leave Crucial Province

The Afghan government on Sunday banned elite American forces from operating inside a strategic province adjoining Kabul, citing complaints that Afghans doing work for American Special Forces have killed and tortured villagers in the area. The ban is scheduled to go into effect in 2 weeks inside province, Maidan Wardak, which includes long been described as crucial link inside defense from the capital from the Taliban. If fully enacted, it will effectively remove the American military’s main way to obtain offensive firepower through the area, which lies southwest of Kabul and is also employed by the Taliban as being a staging ground for attacks on Kabul. An order has more potential significance with the scheduled withdrawal of standard American combat forces in Maidan Wardak. By late spring, American officials have said they expect almost all conventional troops in eastern Afghanistan being centered on advising Afghan forces, leaving Special Operations units because only offensive troo

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