Karzai Seeks Control of all Afghan Armed Units

Posted at: 02/28/2013 11:09 AM


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - President Hamid Karzai is demanding control of clandestine Afghan armed groups that are linked to U.S.-led forces amid complaints of abuses by the units.

Thursday's statement from Karzai's office orders a delegation to identify all armed units that work with coalition forces and operate independently from the government. It gives international forces three months to hand them over.

Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi says the order does not refer to the Afghan Local Police, which are village defense units overseen by the Interior Ministry. Faizi says Karzai is referring to "parallel structures" created by U.S. special operations forces, the CIA and other military branches.

Afghans in the restive Wardak province have complained of torture, illegal detentions and other abuses at the hands of such units.

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