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KABUL — A U.S. soldier could face disciplinary action for throwing stones at a portrait of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a spokesman from ISAF headquarters said Wednesday.

The soldier was spotted chucking rocks out of a vehicle at the larger-than-life portrait, which hung in a square in Asadabad, Kunar Province, three or four days ago, according to a spokesman for provincial Gov. Said Fazlullah Wahidi.

The spokesman, Wasifullah Wasifi, said the local government set up a commission to investigate, and summoned the soldier’s commander and an American representative in Kunar to discuss the incident.

Wasifi said both the commander and the official apologized, and agreed to the governor’s demands that the soldier be removed from Kunar within 24 hours.

“We are working with Afghan officials now to explain what happened and to emphasize that the service member’s action in no way represents the values of the Coalition forces, who are working to help secure the future of Afghanistan,” ISAF said in a statement.

ISAF spokesman John Manley said the coalition is investigating the incident.

“The servicemember is alleged to have thrown a rock at a poster of President Karzai, and we can’t guess at this point at the ultimate objective,” he said. “If substantiated, the command will pursue appropriate disciplinary measures.”

Zubair Babakarkhail contributed to this report.

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