Afghan protests: Removal of accused US soldier

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KABUL - Afghans in restive parts of the country Thursday protested the removal of a U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians while others said it will not cause problems if justice is served.Meanwhile, President Hamid Karzai on Thursday demanded NATO troops pull out of rural areas like the one where the massacre happened. However, he has no authority to make such a move and the U.S. military maintains the village outposts are critical to keeping the Taliban out of cleared areas.The Taliban on Thursday said it was suspending talks with the United States, though such talks were preliminary and the Taliban has thus far refused a main demand that it recognize the Karzai government for talks to proceed further.

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