Washington: Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton has said that US supports Afghan President Hamid
Karzai`s goal of transition of security and responsibilities
to Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
"We do not believe that there is any concern or issue
that will be disruptive at all at the (NATO`s) Lisbon summit,"
Clinton said when asked about news reports that there are
differences on this issue between Karzai and American Generals
"We think that based on conditions on the ground, we
support President Karzai`s stated goal of transitioning
responsibility for all security to an Afghan lead by the end
of 2014," Clinton said.
She said the pace of security and responsibility depends
on the ability of the Afghan National Security Forces and
Afghan National Police Forces to be able to take charge and
that`s why it`s a conditions-based, gradual transition
process, not some one-time event.
Clinton said she shares the concerns of Karzai on
continued presence of US forces in Afghanistan.
"We`ve discussed them on a number of occasions. But we
believe that the use of intelligence-driven,precision-targeted
operations against high-value insurgents and their networks is
a key component of our comprehensive civilian-military
operations," Clinton said.
The US Secretary of State said these operations are
conducted in full partnership with the government of
Afghanistan and includes Afghan forces on each operation.
There is no question that they are having a
significant impact on the insurgent leadership and the
networks that they operate, she said.
"We remain very sensitive to the concerns, so there
have been revisions in the tactical directives that recognise
the sensitivity of conducting night operations.
But we believe that these operations are in the best
interest of the Afghan people, the Afghan Government, and the
ISAF troops who are working with their Afghan counterparts to
secure the country," Clinton said.