Doubts linger as Afghan security forces expand control

Newly graduated Afghan National Police officers demonstrate their skills during a graduation...

Newly graduated Afghan National Police officers demonstrate their skills during a graduation ceremony at a National Police training centre in Jalalabad December 27, 2012. REUTERS/ Parwiz

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 2:09 PM ET

Afghan military and police forces will soon begin the next stage in their takeover of NATO responsibilities to stare down Islamist forces still waging a campaign of violence.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced that his country's forces will expand patrols and efforts to establish law and order from covering 75% of Afghanistan's population now, to 87% over the next year.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed the news.

"This is a significant step towards our shared goal of seeing Afghans fully in charge of their own security by the end of 2014," Rasmussen said in a statement on Monday. "The Afghan army and police are steadily growing in capacity and confidence."


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