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Panetta to meet Karzai today to reaffirm America's commitment to Afghanistan

December 14, 2011 - Islamabad

US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta is to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai today after arriving in Kabul to reaffirm America's commitment to Afghanistan.

Panetta's two-day visit comes as Washington starts to withdraw combat troops and hand over security to Afghan forces, who are poised to fully take charge by the end of 2014, The News reports. rriving in Kabul on Tuesday, Panetta said he believed 2011 would mark a "turning point" in Afghanistan where "troops have been able to reduce the levels of violence".


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