Nato leaders endorsed on Saturday a plan to start handing Afghan forces command of the war next year with the aim of ceding full control by 2014. We have launched the process by which the Afghan people will once again become masters in their own house, Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a news conference following a summit of Allied leaders. Afghan forces will start taking the lead in security operations next year starting in some districts and provinces, and gradually spreading throughout the country, he said. The aim is for Afghan forces to be in the lead countrywide by the end of 2014, the Nato chief said after signing the plan along with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Rasmussen promised the Alliance would stand by Afghanistan even after the transition. We will stay after transition in a supporting role, he said.