US role in Afghanistan focus of Karzai's American visit
President Hamid Karzai is due in the US for a three-day visit seen as key to the future of the American presence in Afghanistan.
Mr Karzai wants US troops out of Afghan towns and villages but security issues remain a serious concern.
Some 30,000 foreign soldiers left Afghanistan last year, and most of the remainder are expected to pull out by the end of 2014.
Quentin Sommerville reports.
08 Jan 2013
- From the section Asia