Panetta: Karzai to meet Obama in Washington


KABUL — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today that President Hamid Karzai has accepted an invitation from President Barack Obama to meet in Washington next month for critical talks on the future of Afghanistan.

The two leaders will use the meeting to discuss Afghanistan’s future. Karzai said he and Obama will discuss the number of U.S. troops that will remain in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends there in December 2014.

Panetta also said that a suicide car bomber who staged an attack at the Kandahar Air Field killed one American serviceman and wounded three others. Two Afghan civilians were also killed in the attack today. He told reporters that the bomber was aiming at a U.S. armored vehicle. It wasn’t clear if the U.S. casualties were inside that vehicle.

Taliban spokesman Qari Jusuf Ahmedi claimed responsibility for the attack in an email, saying a suicide car bomber had targeted foreign military vehicles that were stopped near the gate of Kandahar Airfield.


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