US sees no change in Afghan pullout timetable

WASHINGTON - A cutback in NATO operations with Afghan forces in response to a surge of insider attacks will not change President Barack Obama's timeline for gradually handing over security responsibility to Afghans and eventually withdrawing US troops, the White House said on Tuesday.
"That process continues," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters even as he acknowledged deep US concern about the recent spate of attacks on foreign troops. "It doesn't affect the timeline."
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