NATO decides to withdraw force from Afghan by 2014

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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Lisbon, Nov 20: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Lisbon has decided to hand over security in Afghanistan to Afghan forces by the end of 2014.

The second day of the summit on Saturday, Nov 20 decided to start the hand over process by 2011 and will be finished by 2014. It also added that NATO countries will continue helps to Afghanistan in fighting terrorism.

The summit was attended by Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and leaders from 48 countries fighting in Afghanistan.

"Today marks the beginning of a new phase in our mission in Afghanistan. We will launch the process by which the Afghan government will take leadership for security throughout the country, district by district," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

"If the enemies of Afghanistan have the idea that they can just wait it out until we leave, they have the wrong idea. We will stay as long as it takes to finish our job," he added.

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