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Not one Afghan army unit was able to operate independent of U.S.-led coalition troops as of September 2010, according to assessments by NATO’s international force highlighted in a government report.
Nevertheless, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama maintained that U.S. troops will begin withdrawing in July 2011. The president has also endorsed having Afghan forces take the lead on security tasks by the end of 2014 with the U.S. maintaining an enduring relationship with Afghanistan beyond that point.