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    Sarkozy: 2013 Afghan Withdrawal

    Afghan's president Hamid Karzai (L) looks at France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speaking during a press conference at the presidential Elysee palace on January 27, 2012 in Paris. Karzai met Sarkozy a week after the French leader threatened to pull his troops out of Afghanistan.  AFP PHOTO POOL / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

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    NATO should hand over all combat operations in Afghanistan to the Afghan military by next year, France’s president said Friday. The announcement comes a week after four French soldiers were killed in Afghanistan and breaks with previous U.S-backed plans to withdraw from the country in 2014. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that President Barack Obama has been made aware of France’s plan to ask NATO for a speedier drawdown of the 10-year involvement of foreign troops in Afghanistan.

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