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Rahtamullah Nabil, Afghanistan Intelligence Chief, Dismissed

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during the inauguration of an association of Afghan women judges in Kabul on July 18, 2012.   (SHAH MARAI/AFP/GettyImages)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during the inauguration of an association of Afghan women judges in Kabul on July 18, 2012. (SHAH MARAI/AFP/GettyImages)

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office says he has dismissed the country's top intelligence official, a move that comes just as he prepares to name new defense and interior ministers.

The changes in three top jobs in Afghanistan's security apparatus come at a crucial time. The U.S.-led coalition is working closely with Afghan officials to train national security forces to fight Taliban insurgents after most international troops withdraw by the end of 2014.

A statement from Karzai's office Wednesday said Rahtamullah Nabil would leave his post as National Directorate of Security director. It said the decision came because Nabil had served out his two-year term. It did not name a replacement.

Earlier Wednesday, lawmaker Abdul Qadir Qalatwal said Karzai will nominate new Defense and Interior ministers "today or tomorrow."

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