President Obama threatens Karzai with full US withdrawal

Feb 26, 2014 6:38 AM

President Obama may give up plans to leave thousands of soldiers in Afghanistan.

In their first phone conversation since last summer, President Obama laid down the law to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Without a new bilateral security agreement, the U.S. would implement the "zero option", pulling all troops out by the end of the year.

There are currently 34,000 American troops in Afghanistan.

The top U.S. commander recommended keeping 10,000 there for two more years in an advising and training capacity.

Some foreign policy experts believe this may be an effort by the Afghan president to assert his authority and distance himself from the u-s.

But, the inability to reach a new troop agreement means all U.S. soldiers could be out of there by the end of the year.


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