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Karzai Welcomes British Pullout Timeline

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Karzai Welcomes British Pullout Timeline(Kabul) – The Afghan president has welcomed the withdrawal of nearly half of the British troops stationed in Afghanistan next year, saying his forces were ready to take up the country’s defense. The statement was issued from President Karzai’s office after British Prime Minister, David Cameron announced that about 3,800 British troops would be withdrawn by the end of 2013, with some 5,000 staying into 2014. The majority of NATO forces, including those of the United States, are set to leave by the end of 2014.
“The Afghan security forces are ready to implement the defense and security of the country. It is an appropriate act in the transition of security to Afghan forces,” Karzai’s statement said.

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