Obama says Afghans can take security lead
22 May 2012, 08:42
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.
president was speaking on Monday at the start of a meeting of Nato
leaders and partner countries who have participated in the war in
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
Obama expressed confidence that the goal of transferring security to Afghan forces next year was attainable.