Karzai Requests United States to Withdraw its Troops in 2013

President Hamid Karzai requested U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan in 2013 instead of 2010 , during a meeting on Thursday.

Leon Panetta is currently visiting the country after the U.S. troops killed 16 Afghan civilians earlier this week .

“We are ready to bear all the responsibility for security at the state level .” Karzai said . Afghan President also stressed the need for bilateral cooperation to accomplish the transition of the security functions from the international forces to Afghan forces in 2013 instead of 2014 .


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