Karzai Fires Prosecutor For Run

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai fired the attorney general on Wednesday after the country's top prosecutor announced he intended to run for the presidency in elections next year.

The presidential palace in a statement said Abdul Jabar Sabit's political bid was in contradiction with his official duties.

"Attorney general is one of the key positions in Afghanistan's government, and it should be impartial and make decisions freely without any political interference or personal interest," it said.

Sabit was appointed attorney general and announced a war against endemic corruption in Afghanistan as his top priority. But his efforts have largely been unsuccessful. One of Sabit's former deputies, Bashir Ahmad Fazl, has become interim attorney general.

Sabit's sacking coincided with an unconfirmed report in a private newspaper about a Cabinet reshuffle involving the interior, commerce and information ministers, as well as the country's spy chief.

Elsewhere in the region, U.S. troops have pulled out of a remote outpost in northeastern Afghanistan, NATO-led security force said on Wednesday, three days after Taliban militants tried to overrun the base and killed nine U.S. soldiers.

NATO played down the significance of the withdrawal.

It was the biggest single loss of life for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since 2005.