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US 'disturbed' by Afghan refusal to let reporter leave

Passengers walk towards the main building of Kabul's Khwaja Rawash International airport in Kabul on December 26, 2013Washington was “deeply disturbed” by Kabul’s refusal Tuesday to let a New York Times reporter leave Afghanistan, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg was called into the Afghan attorney general’s office for questioning over a recent story, and banned from traveling when he refused to reveal a confidential source. She urged the Afghan government “to respect fundamental freedoms of expression and expression of the press, and we’ll continue to monitor it.” Rosenberg, who the Times says has been in Kabul for three years, published an article Tuesday stating that “powerful Afghan government figures” were in talks to form a temporary governing committee to break the deadlock resulting from the presidential election.

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