'Afghan security hand over a target not deadline'

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Washington, Nov 19: Handing over security responsibilities to Afghan forces was a target and not a deadline, claimed the Pentagon spokesperson Geoff Morrell during a press conference on Friday, Nov 19.

Despite the report that US and NATO may hand over security responsibilities to Afghan forces in most of the provinces in Afghanistan by 2014, Morrell stated that some forces may stay on to prop up and advise the Afghan forces.

"2014 has been out there for quite some time as an aspirational goal for us to meet in terms of ultimately putting the Afghan security forces in the lead, to handle primary responsibility for the security of their country," added Morrell.

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