KABUL - Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., commander International Security Assistance Force, met with President Karzai to discuss the security concerns of the citizens of Wardak province and the progress of the campaign.
NATO-led International Security Assistance Force following a statement announced, “The commander used the opportunity to reaffirm the coalition’s commitment to protecting the safety and ensuring the security of Afghan citizens.”
The source further added, “During the meeting, the leaders agreed to work together to address the concerns of the people of Wardak province. Senior coalition officials will meet with Wardak leaders to discuss the circumstances surrounding these allegations.”
This comes as Afghan President Hamid Karzai spokesman announced on Sunday that all U.S. special forces must leave Wardak province within two weeks following the accusations that Afghans working for them had tortured and killed innocent people.
In the mentime Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, a joint commission composed of International Security Assistance Force and Afghan officials is being formed to review the Afghan government’s concerns surrounding abuse and murder allegations in Afghanistan’s Wardak province.
Consultations to address Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s claims are under way, with Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. the ISAF commander, leading the review, Little said at a Pentagon news conference.
“We take those concerns seriously and will work with the Afghans,” Little said. (KP)