Karzai bends on order for forces to exit region

U.S. to pull 1 unit, yield control of 1 district

Posted: March 21, 2013 at 5:22 a.m.

An Afghan Army soldier secures the hill overlooking the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Thousands of Afghans will celebrate Nowruz on Thursday, March 21, 2013 to mark the first day of spring and the beginning of the year on the Iranian calendar. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

KABUL — Afghanistan’s president on Wednesday relented in his demand for all U.S. special-operations forces to withdraw from a strategic province east of the capital, agreeing to a compromise calling for the pullout of one team implicated in abuse allegations that the Americans have rejected.

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