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Karzai: Anti-corruption units can be independent

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will make sure that two anti-corruption units backed by the West will be allowed to operate independently.

Karzai made the comments to reporters Friday after a series of meetings over the past few days with visiting U.S. Sen. John Kerry.

Kerry said the meetings were marked by candor and sometimes "very tough conversation."

U.S. lawmakers are increasingly doubtful that the military effort in Afghanistan can succeed without a serious campaign against bribery and graft that have eroded the Afghan people's trust in their government.

Kerry said he was heartened to hear Karzai say that he will take steps to guarantee the independent operation of the Major Crimes Task Force and the Sensitive Investigative Unit.

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