Obama to Afghan president: U.S. considering complete troop withdrawal


AFP
February 25, 2014

Obama told Karzai by telephone that the Pentagon has little option but to plan for a full pullout.

Obama told Karzai by telephone that the Pentagon has little option but to plan for a full pullout.

President Barack Obama told his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Tuesday he is now planning a full US troop withdrawal, but did not rule out a deal on a post-2014 mission with the next Kabul government.

Obama told Karzai by telephone that, since the Afghan leader had refused to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Washington, the Pentagon has little option but to plan for a full pullout, the White House said.

“President Obama told President Karzai that because he has demonstrated that it is unlikely that he will sign the BSA, the United States is moving forward with additional contingency planning,” the statement said.

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