Karzai orders NATO out after massacre

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told NATO its troops should withdraw from villages and return to their bases as the Taliban suspend nascent talks with the United States.

The President’s demand follows the unprecedented massacre of 16 civilians by a US soldier and coincides with a visit to the country by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.

A spokesman for the President said he told Mr Panetta Afghanistan is ready to take over all security responsibilities now and would prefer the NATO withdrawal to be completed in 2013 rather than 2014.

Full article: Karzai orders NATO out after massacre (Australia Network News)