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Nato in Afghanistan pull-out talks

Nato defence ministers are discussing the future of their mission in Afghanistan ahead of a decision by the Obama administration on how many of the 100,000 American troops to pull out of the war in July.

General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Afghanistan, is briefing the ministers from Nato and other countries involved in the Afghan conflict at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels.

Nato secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the meeting the alliance is on track to hand over responsibility for security to Afghan forces by the end of 2014.

Gen Petraeus is slated to deliver options for troop reductions to President Barack Obama in the coming days, with cuts beginning in July.


From Belfast Telegraph