Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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Afghanistan 'ready' for troop withdrawal, says Karzai

French troops will resume training Afghan soldiers on Saturday but Paris will pull out most of its troops from the country by the end of 2013, President Nicolas Sarkozy has said.

The withdrawal would come a year earlier than a deadline set by Nato.

In a news conference with President Sarkozy, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his country was ready to take on an increasing amount of responsibility.

  • 27 Jan 2012
  • From the section Asia
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