The allegations of beheadings and kidnappings by US Forces has caused Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, to order a withdrawal of US special operations forces from the “key” Afghani province of Maidan Wardak. These allegations bring up a myriad of questions about the future of SOF in Wardak.

What is the potential blowback of losing SOF in Wardak?

What advantages do insurgents have if SOF does leave the province?

What potential advantage could this bring to SOF in the future?