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Kabul bars US special forces from province

Villagers accuse troops’ allies of torture, murders

KABUL — The Afghan government on Sunday banned elite US forces from operating in a strategic province adjoining Kabul, citing complaints that Afghans working for the troops have tortured and killed villagers.

The ban is scheduled to go into effect in two weeks in the province, Maidan Wardak, which has long been seen as a key link in the defense of the capital against the Taliban.

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