The Taliban broke off talks with the US while Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked the US to confine its troops to major bases by 2013. These twin developments spell a setback in efforts to bring about an orderly withdrawal of Nato troops from Afghanistan and speed up the transfer of security responsibilities to local forces. Karzai’s pronouncement came in the wake of reports about widespread Afghan anger over an American Army staff sergeant who went on a shooting spree, killing 16 civilians on Sunday, March 11. The unnamed soldier has been transferred to Kuwait. Details can be read here.
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