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Afghans set to keep peace, Karzai says

Asserts early exit by NATO would not hurt country

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that the nation’s military and police are ready and willing to take full responsibility for security in the country if the US-led international coalition decides to speed up the handover to Afghan government forces.

With support for the already unpopular war fading in the West, there has been growing speculation that NATO could accelerate withdrawal plans that currently call for the security transition to Afghan forces to be complete by the end of 2014, when all foreign combat troops are scheduled to leave the country.

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