Afghans protest US forces
Several hundred residents of Afghanistan's volatile Wardak province staged a demonstration in Kabul on Saturday to protest the presence of US special operation forces in their area, dpa reports.
Between 200 and 300 people marched peacefully on the parliament building while chanting anti-US slogans, said General Mohammad Zahir.
They demanded the release of nine locals, whom they believe are under the custody of US forces, the chief of Kabul police's Criminal Investigations Department said.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked US Special Forces to leave Wardak province last month, accusing them of murder and disappearances.
A council of senior Muslim clerics on Saturday voice support for Karzai's call to withdraw forces in the area as well to handover Bagram detention centre, a key US-run prison, to Afghran control.
The Ulema Council said in strongly-worded statement that if the "Americans won't fulfill the commitment" to relinquish control of the prison and leave Wardak province, then "it would mean occupation, and we will see a reaction."
Bagram prison has become a thorny issue between Karzai and the US military.
Karzai has said he will release "all innocent Afghans" in the custody of US troops in Bagram. The US has repeatedly postponed the handover amid fears Taliban militants could be allowed to return to the battlefield.