Top U.S. General Seeks Afghan Troops Deal By October
America’s top general says he would like to see a security agreement with Afghanistan signed by October, which would give NATO enough time to prepare for a post-2014 military presence.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says he has not been asked to prepare for a “zero option,” with no American forces in the Afghanistan after 2014.
But Dempsey warns that a failure to sign a security agreement will mean that no American forces will remain in the country after the pullout date.
Talks on a deal have made little headway after President Hamid Karzai suspended negotiations following a disagreement over a Taliban political office in the Gulf state of Qatar.
Dempsey spoke to reporters in Kabul Monday after talks with Karzai and Afghan military leaders.
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