New evidence shows that American forces have committed torture and multiple murders in a key province of war-ravaged Afghanistan, officials say.
According to Afghan officials, investigators have 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 investigation comes 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.