Daniel Defraia
January 9, 2013

Ahead of meetings to negotiate a new framework for US involvement in Afghanistan between President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a White House official floated the idea of withdrawing all US troops by 2015.

“That would be an option that we would consider,” said Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, when asked during a conference call with reporters if a zero troop level was an option, according to the Associated Press.

Publicizing this scenario might be a tactic to give the US leverage in the upcoming negotiations, The Wall Street Journal reported. (The Washington Post also agrees on this point.)

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