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Tue June 18, 2013
NPR Story

Afghan Forces Take Formal Control Of Security Operations

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 5:18 pm

The White House says the mission in Afghanistan marked an important milestone on Tuesday: The hand-off of lead security responsibility from U.S. troops to Afghan forces. It's a key step as Americans prepare to withdraw nearly all combat troops by the end of 2014. Separately, the Obama administration announced the opening of talks with the Taliban about a political settlement to the war.

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