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Afghanistan expelled a New York Times reporter on Thursday, accusing him of links to spy agencies in a furious response to a story he wrote saying government ministers and officials were threatening to seize power. The attorney general said Matthew Rosenberg's article about the country's election crisis was "contrary to the national interests, security and stability of Afghanistan" and ordered him to leave the country within 24 hours. The order was the first expulsion of a journalist from Afghanistan since the Taliban regime was ousted in 2001, highlighting fears for press freedom after 13 years of international aid funding and development. Rosenberg tweeted an image of the attorney general's statement that said: "This is not the first time that this reporter has published propaganda, and it appears that he has links with intelligence and spy agencies." The New York Times article on Tuesday said that senior Afghan officials were discussing forming a committee-run "interim government" to end a stand-off over the disputed result of the presidential election.