Karzai Begins Afghan Security Forces Transition Process 

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that  the first seven areas of Afghanistan that will fall under Afghan security forces have been selected.

Karzai’s  announcement marks the beginning of the transition process that the White House and Defense officials have said will be completed at the end of 2014.

Karzai, who spoke in Kabul, announced that most of the areas surrounding Kabul, excluding Sarobi district, are already in transition.

U.S. officials in Afghanistan said it was a decision made by the Karzai government.

Other areas preparing for transition are Panjshi and Bamiyan provinces, the city of Herat in western Afghanistan and the city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, according to reports from the American Forces Press Service.

Afghan forces will take the lead in Balkh province's capital of Mazar-e-Sherif and in Laghman province's Methalam city, the Pentagon press services stated.

"We understand taking complete responsibility of governance, security and reconstruction in our country is not an easy task in a situation in which, on one hand we suffer from the legacy of 30 years of war, and on the other hand destruction and interference is still going on," Karzai said,  in a speech at the National Military Academy. "We know that the people of Afghanistan do not want the defense of their country to be on others, and also those who have helped us during the last 10 years cannot afford any more sacrifices for our security and defense.”


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