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Rumsfeld Says Most of Afghanistan Now Secure

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Thursday the bulk of Afghanistan was now secure and U.S.-led forces had moved from major combat operations to stabilization and reconstruction. Rumsfeld held talks in Kabul with Afghan leaders, including President Hamid Karzai, and heads of U.S.-led forces pursuing fighters loyal to the former Taliban government and their allies from Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network. “We are at a point where we clearly have moved from major combat activity to a period of stability and stabilization and reconstruction activities,” Rumsfeld told a news conference. “It is a shift of emphasis. We are now at a point where we can shift our weight,” he said. Rumsfeld said the bulk of the country was secure, but added: “I should underline, however, there are still dangers, still pockets of resistance, in parts of the country.” Full Story

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