Karzai: Afghan forces should take over by 2013

“Afghan security forces have the ability to keep the security in rural areas and in villages on their own,” Afghan President Hamid Karzai said. “Afghan security forces have the ability to keep the security in rural areas and in villages on their own,” Afghan President Hamid Karzai said. Anja Niedringhaus/AP

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that U.S. troops should leave the countryside and villages for major U.S. bases, and turnover military operations to Afghan troops by 2013, the Associated Press reports. The current U.S.plan is to turn over military operations in 2014.

Karzai’s announcement came after he met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Kabul, who is in the country on a planned trip that happened to fall in the wake of a massacre that left 16 Afghan civilians dead, allegedly at the hand of an American soldier.

“Afghan security forces have the ability to keep the security in rural areas and in villages on their own,” Karzai said in a statement.

After Karzai’s announcement, the Afghan Taliban announced that it was suspending peace talks with the U.S., The Washington Post reports. The group said in a statement that it was cutting off discussion, and holding off opening their political office in Qatar because of Washington’s “alternating and ever changing position.”

The Taliban’s willingness to meet for discussions, and open a political office, was a sign of hope for ending the conflict in Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed their Afghan strategy and partnership in the Afghanistan war. Obama said the massacre on Sunday would not change U.S. policy.

“I don’t anticipate at this stage that we are going to be making any sudden additional changes to the plan that we already have,” Obama said.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.