Afghanistan

Afghanistan Cracking Down on Ads Supporting US Troops Staying

Generally funded by US organizations

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Afghanistan's government, increasingly at odds with Washington, is cracking down on advertisements that promote keeping U.S. troops in the country after 2014 and has already shut down a spot aired by the country's most widely watched broadcasters.

The commercials—some funded by a U.S. organization—have drawn official criticism because they urge President Hamid Karzai to abandon his refusal to sign a security pact with the United States that would enable the troops to stay.