Afghan President Calls For Earlier Withdrawal

International troops should leave Afghanistan in 2013, a year ahead of schedule, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai told Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a meeting Thursday.


International troops should leave Afghanistan in 2013, a year ahead of schedule, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai told Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a meeting Thursday.

Karzai cited a massacre allegedly by a rogue American soldier as a prime reason for NATO forces to leave the country early, saying transfer of authority to Afghan troops would help prevent a similar incident from happening in the future.

The Afghan president also called for troops to leave rural areas and villages, and return to the main bases.

The American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians has been moved to Kuwait amid increasing violence in Afghanistan in retaliation for the attacks.

The level of violence has not, however, reached the crescendo it did last month following the revelation that a number of Qurans had been burned as trash on a U.S. base.

Afghan lawmakers have expressed outrage at the transfer, demanding that the suspect be brought to justice in Afghanistan.

The U.S. says the suspect is still entitled to fair and proper judicial proceedings, which the move to Kuwait will allow, but did not rule out the possibility of ultimately trying the case in Afghanistan.

The suspect will be held in a detention center that has held other prominent U.S. troops, most recently Army PFC Bradley Manning, held for his alleged role in the WikiLeaks case.

Afghan lawmakers say moving the soldier will only further damage the increasingly fraying relationship between the two countries.

"If the trial was in Afghanistan, the people would see that America doesn't like this soldier and wants to punish him," said Kandahar lawmaker Abdul Khaliq Balakarzai. "But unfortunately America ignored our demand."

The U.S. has assured Afghans that anyone found responsible for the shootings will be held accountable.

The Afghan Taliban announced Thursday ahead of Panetta's meeting that the militant group is suspending talks with the U.S, issuing a statement that Americans "turned their backs on promises" after agreeing on "practical steps regarding the exchange of prisoners and to not oppose our political office."

The talks were part of an attempt by the U.S. to negotiate peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

The Taliban closed a diplomatic office in Qatar that had been opened "for the purposes of reaching an understanding with the international community and for addressing some specific issues with the American invaders."

The group said it would not reverse its decision until "Americans clarify their stance on issues concerned, and until they show willingness in carrying out their promises instead of wasting time."

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  • by mR X Location: se co sgs on Mar 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM
    tell prez k go f*** himself and leave then nuke em! REBEL YELL!!!
  • by DanReeves Location: The Further on Mar 16, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    @ David -- Ok David, if all the people over there are innocent "good Muslims" then how come these cowardly attacks keed happening? 1% my @$$!
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      by Red on Mar 16, 2012 at 04:36 PM in reply to DanReeves
      How much ya wanna bet that the CIA is behind some of those cowardly attacks?
  • by DanReeves Location: The Further on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    The Afgan President is right we should leave. But as we're leaving we should drop five nukes. One on Afganistan, one on Pakistan, one on Soudi Aribia, one on Iraq and finally one on Iran...
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      by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM in reply to DanReeves
      What about our friends in Israel?
  • by ER on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:07 PM
    If you take the time to pay attention, the 9/11 Commission report is a conspiracy theory.
  • by OK on Mar 15, 2012 at 03:59 PM
    ledhed has a problem accepting this too:
  • by Sid on Mar 15, 2012 at 03:25 PM
    BBC's Jane Stanley reports collapse of bldg 7 20 minutes before it collapses. And the signal just happens to disappear during that report. What a day.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    I like the NOVA DVD Why The Towers Fell. They show how it happened using illustrations. That would be proof enough for the ledheds of the world. Also any TV coverage of that day describes how the outer wall of the twin towers supported the structure. What IS missing from any of this info is the center column that supported 60% of the towers' weight. No, you will not see pictures of it in the news coverage. There was a video of the center core standing after the outer structure collapsed first. About Building 7...Two major things went wrong that day...Flight 93 took off late and Bldg 7 didn't collapse in the dust of the twin towers...BUT...they kept the story and America convinced itself that falling debris brought 7 straight down in controlled demop fashion. Good thinking. I think the final theory was some type of Thermal expansion event that (wait for it) happened for the first time in history on that day. And you believe NIST/FEMA told you the truth????
  • by Tom M Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 15, 2012 at 02:19 PM
    Check out Dr. Judy Wood @ DRJUDYWOOD - that will explain where the towers went; there's lots of pictures to prove it. Anybody going to address Building 7 ??
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      by LedHed on Mar 15, 2012 at 02:27 PM in reply to Tom M
      Bldg. 7? Structural damage/internal fires from falling debris. Fully addressed in the link I provided. Swing and a miss Tom.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM in reply to LedHed
        But NIST never proved it did they? Did they? Oh, it's in the 9/11 Commission Report but they never had to show their work. Did they? Because they couldn't.
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          by LedHed on Mar 19, 2012 at 06:22 AM in reply to
          You're admitting here it's in the report, which is readily accessible to the public, so I'd submit it's been sufficitly proven.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 03:33 PM in reply to Tom M
      I gotta wonder about that melted fire truck.
  • by LedHed Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 15, 2012 at 02:14 PM
    Hey "jenkins", wise up. Ellipses have mutliple uses, including substitution for further elaboration (properly applied in this context) and I connected two sentences/independent thoughts with the s-c, not fragments. These definitions come straight out of the Webster's Dictionary of the English Language (New Lexicon). Quit using it to shore up your trailer and have someone read them to you.
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      by jenkins on Mar 15, 2012 at 02:19 PM in reply to LedHed
      Your two sentences were actually fragments. Sentences are structured to stand alone, your fragments cannot. I know you are trying your best to keep up, but you are too slow little boy. Start over. I never knew one had to shore up a trailer, but I guess your experiences with living in one of those is greater than mine.
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        by LedHed on Mar 15, 2012 at 02:25 PM in reply to jenkins
        My sentences do indeed stand-alone, much like your mama did after the biker gang left town. Enjoy your ketchup sandwiches for dinner, and try to bring something pertient to the discussion next time... (another ellipsis subtituting for where I further highlight your stupidity).
  • by LedHed Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 15, 2012 at 01:49 PM
    Folks, att is a link that seems common-sensical enough to explain the physical events at the WTC on 9-11. Since it doesn't follow the reasonings of the conspiracy theorists, they'll dismiss it outright, but final opinions from FEMA and the NIST are valid enough for me and if that makes me "sheeple", so be it. Gotta get back to work (you theorists should try it sometime), and there's a whole, lucid world waiting just outside your Mom's basement, check it out when you get a chance.
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