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Karzai Presses U.S. to Pull Troops Back to Major Bases

March 15, 2012

(Corrects to reflect that Karzai gave no deadline.)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that American forces must leave rural areas of Afghanistan, withdrawing to major bases, a statement from Karzai’s office said.

“International troops should leave their bases in rural areas and villages and consolidate in their main bases,” Karzai said, according to the Pashto-language announcement posted on the Afghan presidency’s website.

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