Afghan lawmakers have expressed anger over the U.S. move to fly an American soldier accused of killing 16
civilians out of the country to Kuwait.

They said Thursday that the soldier should face justice in Afghanistan. They urged the Afghan government not to sign an agreement governing the presence of U.S. forces in the country unless that happens.

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Abdul Khaliq Balakarzai, a lawmaker from southern Kandahar province where the killings occurred, says that trying the soldier in Afghanistan would be the best way for the U.S. to show locals they want to punish him.

Mohammad Naeem Lalai Hamidzai, another Kandahar lawmaker, warned Afghans could rise up in anger.


The soldier was flown out Wednesday. The U.S. said a trial in Afghanistan was still possible.


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