KABUL, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Two Afghan newspapers on Monday lashed out at President Hamid Karzai's order to expel U.S. special force from Wardak province near the capital city of Kabul.
Karzai asked the U.S. special force to leave Wardak province within two weeks at a meeting of Afghan National Security Council on Sunday, an official statement said.
The decision was taken after Wardak provincial governor accused U.S. special force of harassing, torturing and even murdering innocent people, according to the statement.
"Since Wardak is one of the insecure provinces in the country, issuing order by the president for eviction of U.S. special force from Wardak at this stage, on the one hand is important, and on the other, is dangerous," the daily Etilaat Roz said in its editorial.
It added that since the NATO-led force has rejected the allegation, the presidential order would cause new tension in bilateral relations as the U.S. special force would not easily leave the province.
Another newspaper Hasht-e-Subh said in its editorial the presidential order would encourage Taliban militants.
Headlined why Taliban have free hand in Wardak and Logar? it said the differences between the Afghan government and the coalition forces should be solved through negotiation.
"The ground reality is that the Taliban militants have controlled over parts of Logar and Wardak provinces over the past few years and according to Afghan officials including Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the head of Security Transition Coordination Commission, the Taliban are threatening Kabul from the above two provinces," the editorial said.
According to the newspaper, the government forces have not evicted Taliban militants from Wardak and Logar provinces with cleanup operations.
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