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Last-minute doubts cloud Afghan transition focus 06/10/2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Last-minute doubts cloud Afghan transition

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06/10/2011
KABUL — Worrying questions hang over a plan to start switching from Nato to local control in Afghanistan, just weeks before the process is due to start in key cities, officials and experts say.

Exact dates for when the first seven areas will transition are still unclear, a conference on the issue has been postponed twice and the United States has yet to decide how many American troops are leaving this summer.

Neither do outspoken Afghan politicians believe local security forces are sufficiently prepared for the switch amid fears that the Taliban will target the relatively peaceful areas involved.

President Hamid Karzai announced in March that the first wave of transition, in cities such as Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat and Lashkar Gah, would happen during the Afghan solar month from June 22 to July 22..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110610com3.html

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