Just saw it tonight that US announced end of combat duties in 2013 . This does nor mean US is out of afghanistan in 2013, but that the 'lead' combat role is not the responsibility of the US soldiers. Does this mean than afghans are ready to take over ? Are they capable of doing so? Any afghans here that can speak to it? Also fair warning to those fools who think that the US is leaving afghan region in 2014. We are not for almost a decade or more thereafter, beyond 2014. My hope is the Indian govt has the backbone to assume a strong position given this silver plater presented to them. My hope is they dont act as meek as they have in the past. You (india) can now be on both sides/borders of Pakistan and if your govt pussyfoots with this- then god help an India who looks away at a gift horse.