BAGRAM, Afghanistan — The top U.S. military officer says that he's cautious about the final stage of handing off security responsibility to Afghan forces and is optimistic about the chances it ultimately will prove successful.
Gen. Martin Dempsey said in an interview Sunday that Afghans will take the security lead throughout the country before summer, as agreed in January by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Barack Obama.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman just spent two days in Afghanistan talking to U.S. commanders and Afghan security officials.
In the interview, Dempsey said it's likely that parts of Afghanistan will be contested by insurgents a decade from now. But he said the country can live with that, as long as the Afghan security forces continue to improve.