Karzai: Afghan Forces Ready to Take Full Control

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Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that Afghan security forces are ready to take full control of their country's security.

All foreign combat troops are set to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Karzai said Afghan forces are prepared and would be ready if NATO were to expedite that process.

The announcement comes after a recent surge of so-called "insider attacks" that have killed American troops.

CBN News Military Correspondent Chuck Holton is embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He said that while the Afghan forces have made great strides, they're not ready to take full control of their own security.

"The troops we've spoken with, including some of the senior leadership here, say that giving full control over to the Afghans right now would be kind of like giving your 12-year-old son the keys to your Ford F-250. He might be able to drive it, but [it] would be a scary ride," Holton said.

"There are components of their security that Afghans simply cannot handle on their own. For example, if Afghan forces need heavy artillery and that sort of thing, they still have to come to us. Also the medical capability to take care of wounded soldiers is not there among the Afghans right now. So whenever an Afghan gets wounded, they get MedEvaced to an American hospital and are cared for by American doctors."

The Afghans do not have the medical capability to take care of their own people right now," Holton said. "So there are some very important pieces to the puzzle where Karzai is dead wrong."

Holton added that some Afghans who've been helping American troops for years are very concerned about an American withdrawal because they won't have the support and protection of American forces going forward.

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