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Karzai Plans for Transfer of Control in 7 Regions

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Posted on Mar 22, 2011
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Come July, foreign forces will begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, coinciding with President Hamid Karzai’s plan to begin returning seven regions of his country back to local control.  —KA

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They are the relatively peaceful provinces of Kabul, Panjshir and Bamiyan, the cities of Herat and Mazar-e Sharif and the town of Mehterlam.

But he also named Lashkar Gah, capital of the volatile Helmand province.

The handover is seen as a critical step in a transition of power before foreign troops end combat operations in 2014.

“The people of Afghanistan don’t want that foreigners take responsibility for security any more,” President Karzai said.

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By TDoff, March 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm Link to this comment

Insiders report that the CIA’s budget for the fiscal years 2012-2020 provide for maintaining 100,000 agents in Afghanistan. Either they don’t count as ‘Foreign Troops’, or they are so well disguised that no one recognizes them.

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By TDoff, March 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

Of course, this plan all depends of how well Hamid’s supply of Lithium holds up. If he runs low, and this year’s Opium crop is good, he’s liable to demand more US troops, another surge, so he can attack Pakistan and grab some Nukes he can use to take over Israel.

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