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Military leaders embrace 2014 Afghan exit date

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U.S. Military leaders are prepared to back Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s timeline for U.S. troop withdrawal, saying in roundtable meeting with reporters Monday that Afghan security forces should be able to handle the country’s security on their own by 2014.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the withdrawal timeline will discussed further at an upcoming NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal at the end of the month.

“One of the agenda items for the Lisbon summit is to embrace president Karzai’s goal of completing the transfer of security responsibility to Afghanistan by 2014,” the Pentagon chief said.

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