WASHINGTON — Uneasy allies, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai demonstrated Friday they could agree on one big idea: After 11 years of war, the time is right for U.S . forces to let Afghans do their own fighting. U.S . and coalition forces will take a battlefield back seat by spring and, by implication, go home in larger numbers soon thereafter.
“It will be a historic moment,” Obama declared.