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January 28, 2010

KARZAI SAYS WE'RE TRAPPED IN AFGHANISTAN DISASTER FOR ANOTHER DECADE

NPR - Afghan President Hamid Karzai told a global meeting that he will soon convene a peace conference in his country to lure Taliban fighters to renounce violence but he still expects foreign troops to stay for up to a decade. Karzai called on delegates from about 70 nations and world bodies to support a plan to reintegrate Taliban soldiers into mainstream society with offers of housing and jobs in the police, army, or in agriculture.. . .

Karzai said he envisions Afghanistan's government taking control of security in all 34 provinces by 2015 but foreign troops could remain for up to a decade.

"With regard to training and equipping the Afghan security forces, five to 10 years will be enough," Karzai said in a joint BBC interview with Brown, broadcast Thursday. "With regard to sustaining them until Afghanistan is financially able to provide for our forces, the time will be extended to 10 to 15 years."


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