According to the New York Times, a vote by the Afghan Parliament Sunday authorized the dismissal of two powerful security ministers from the team of President Hamid Karzai.
Lawmakers said the decision was aimed at ending corruption within the government, and that the ministers did not do enough to protect the nation from recent rocket attacks from Pakistan.
Since U.S. officials have had a long history of interaction with the ministers, the change in authority could threaten stable U.S. relations with the Afghan ministry. The U.S. has been preparing to leave the nation, and this sudden change may put U.S. officials as well as the Obama Administration in a difficult position.
According to CNN, the two men, Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak and Interior Minister Gen. Besmillah Mohammadi will remain in their current positions until replacements are named.