U.S. Military Prepares For Full Afghan Withdrawal
The White House awaits Afghan cooperation on a bilateral security agreement to keep U.S. troops in the nation after 2014.By Zach Toombs | February 25, 2014
With the Afghan and U.S. governments failing to reach a security agreement, The White House is, for the first time, telling the U.S. military to prepare for full troop withdrawal at the end of 2014.
The military and state department both support a plan keeping 10,000 troops, some of those NATO, in Afghanistan for training and security purposes. The White House is weighing options for 10,000 or 5,000 but now says zero will be the reality without agreement from Afghanistan's leaders to keep an American presence there. (Via CNN, NBC)
And, as of yet, Afghan President Hamid Karzai hasn't agreed. An election to replace him is set for April, so there is the possibility that the next president will have a different opinion.