Afghanistan to be “more secure” once NATO leave: Karzai
By Mirwais Adeel - Mon Jan 14 2013, 1:02 pm
He said Afghanistan will become “more secure” once most foreign troops leave the country by the end of 2014.
In response to concerns regarding te deterioration of security following NATO troops pullout president Karzai said, “By no means…. Afghanistan will be more securre and beter place.”
President Hamid Karzai begun a four-day US visit on Tuesday as President Barack Obama worked on plans on how fast to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and whether to leave a “residual force” behind after 2014.
Foreign combat soldiers are due to exit Afghanistan by the end of next year, more than a decade after a US-led invasion brought down the Taliban regime in 2001, but the country remains wracked by Islamist violence.
In the meantime president Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, announced that the American military mission in Afghanistan will shift this spring from a combat to a support role. In effect, US forces will be handing over the baton of security throughout Afghanistan to indigenous troops a few months earlier than expected.
The agreement on the future role of the US and its 66,000 troops still stationed and serving in Afghanistan was announced at the White House on Friday after one in a series of bilateral meetings between Obama and Karzai.