NATO troops told to leave rural areas
KABUL - U.S. efforts to end the 10-year-old war in Afghanistan have suffered a double blow today. The Taliban announced it will break off peace talks. Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded NATO troops immediately pull out of rural areas after last weekend's murders of 16 civilians. A U.S. solider accused of the killings has now been transferred out of Afghanistan. Karzai also said Afghan security forces should takeover security throughout the country next year, not 2014 as planned.