US, NATO Ready Plan To Hand Off Afghanistan Combat

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The handover is planned to be finalized by 2014.


BRUSSELS (AP) -- Top officials from the U.S. and its NATO allies met in Brussels today to plan their exit from Afghanistan. They also worked to finalize the combat handover program and a strategy for world support to the weak Afghan government and developing military after 2014.
At the same time, the allies who have fought the Taliban-led insurgency are trying to reassure nervous Afghans they will not be left to fend for themselves.
Current events in Afghanistan could pose more challenges. Insurgents staged an impressive, coordinated attack last weekend that struck at the heart of the U.S.-backed government and international enclave in the capital, Kabul. Taliban leaders are boycotting peace talks the U.S. sees as the key to a safe exit.
This week's sessions are meant to stitch together U.S. and NATO agreements on the pace of U.S. and allied combat withdrawal next year.

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