Afghanistan President Karzai wants NATO troops to withdraw in 2013 instead of 2014

by Colonel on March 15, 2012

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“Afghanistan wants to take over control of the nation’s security in 2013 not 2014 and for US troops to pull out of villages, President Hamid Karzai said Thursday, just days after a US soldier massacred 16 villagers.

Karzai told visiting US defence chief Leon Panetta that “Afghanistan is ready to take overall security responsibility”, a statement from his office said.

“Our demand is that this process should be executed sharply and the responsibility should be handed over to to Afghans.”

Karzai said both sides should work together so that the process of handing security from international troops to Afghan forces would be completed in 2013 rather than 2014, the statement said.” — Yahoo News, Copyright 2012 Yahoo Inc

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