KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his country's armed forces are taking over the lead for security around the country from the U.S.-led NATO coalition.
The handover of responsibility today marks a significant milestone in the nearly 12-year war and marks a turning point for American and NATO military forces, which will now move entirely into a supporting role. It also opens the way for their full withdrawal in 18 months.
The handover was marred by a botched bomb attack against an Afghan politician in another part of Kabul. The bombing killed three civilians.
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