US commandos hand over base in troubled area to Afghans

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KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. special operations forces have handed over their base in a strategic district of eastern Afghanistan to Afghan special forces.

The withdrawal satisfies a demand by President Hamid Karzai that U.S. forces leave the area after allegations that the Americans' Afghan counterparts committed human rights abuses there on U.S. orders.
   
The top U.S. special operations commander in Afghanistan tells The Associated Press that U.S. commandos will continue to visit the Afghan team and "support them from a distance."

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