"That [the exit of international security forces] will take a number of years," Karzai said, "between five and 10 years perhaps -- it probably will take longer or less."
His statement comes as representatives of 70 countries prepare for a conference in London that organizers hope will produce a blueprint for international cooperation with Afghanistan for the next five years.
AFP quoted Karzai as saying the Afghan National Army now comprises 33,000 internationally trained troops, with that number expected to rise.
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