Experts: U.S. Needs to State Intentions for Troop Presence in Afghanistan Staff
Posted: Sep 19, 2013 3:20 PM
The United States should unequivocally state its intentions for a post-2014 troop presence in Afghanistan to reassure the Afghan people ahead of elections next year, national security experts said Thursday. U.S. officials are now pushing Afghan President Hamid Karzai to agree to a security deal by October, which would specify the levels of U.S. and NATO assistance forces after the withdrawal of combat troops by the end of next year. Negotiations have stalled as Karzai makes demands U.S. officials are hesitant to meet. His demands include guarantees to secure Afghanistan’s borders from foreign intervention and attempts to avoid the perception that he is undermining Afghan sovereignty.