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American Troops Fighting in Afghanistan Expecting Early Return Home

Joint announcement from President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai aim to speed up transition
1:10 | 01/12/13

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defrauded them. HE WAS STRIPPED OF HIS TOUR de France titles last year. President obama,ned by hamid karzai in washington, d.C. On friday, announced they will speed up the transition to afghan forces taking the lead in fighting the taliban. That will happened by this spring. Abc's muhammad lila joins us with more from a military base in kabul. Good morning, muhammad. Reporter: Good morning, ron. This is one of the bases that will be affected. As the u.S. Military continues to wind down its presence here in afghanistan. Here's what the announcement means. For the most part, american and afghan soldiers have been fighting the taliban, side-by-side, in the mountains, in the valleys, where the taliban are hiding. That is changing. As of this spring, it's afghan soldiers in the lead. They will be the ones initiating the combat with the taliban. The american soldiers will be here to advise and assist when they are requested to. The big test of all of this will be in the spring. If the afghan army can prove they can take on the taliban without american support, it could mean that the 66,000 american troops that are currently stationed here, could be headed home sooner than scheduled.

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