PM: Afghan mission to continue

David Cameron has told ITV News the international mission in Afghanistan will continue despite the Taliban's decision to pull out of peace talks.

View all 18 updates ›

Pentagon spokesman plays down President Karzai's comments

US officials have downplayed President Karzai's call for Afghan troops to take the lead for nationwide security in 2013.

Pentagon spokesman George Little said President Obama's transition plan was "consistent with President Karzai's comments today."

He also said it reflected "President Karzai's strong interest in moving as quickly as possible to a fully independent and sovereign Afghanistan".

More top news