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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Afghan leader backs away from Taliban talks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (right) shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen after a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. Afghan national forces will lead all military operations in the country from June 19, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday.