Obama says Afghans can take security lead

2012-05-21 22:39

Chicago - President Barack Obama says Afghanistan is on track to place the entire country's security under the lead of Afghan forces in 2013, relegating US-led Nato troops to a support role a year ahead of the planned withdrawal of all Nato forces from Afghanistan.

The president was speaking on Monday at the start of a meeting of Nato leaders and partner countries who have participated in the war in Afghanistan.

Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the international allies remained committed to a secure and democratic Afghanistan. To that end, he said, there would be a Nato-led presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 to advise, train and assist Afghan forces.

Obama expressed confidence that the goal of transferring security to Afghan forces next year was attainable.

  • Fidel - 2012-05-22 07:49

    The idea of putting a western style democracy into a place like Afghanistan is a ludicrous self deception on the part of USA and her lapdogs.

      Afsar Khan - 2012-05-22 12:36

      ahhh... the American democratic cycle of life... u gotta love it. So theirs always going to be an opposition to the American appointed government??? or didnt they know that already They have created a monster, ppl will be opposed to this for many, many years to come... guess they didnt see that one coming?? and whats worse is that afghan frustrations may target Americans in america for real this time! only now it will be justified ... uhmm.. or will it? the cycle of life !

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