The Obama administration is softening its demand that Afghanistan sign a security agreement by the end of the year or risk a withdrawal of all Americans troops, a threat that alarmed military officials and U.S. allies but did little to sway Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
The administration could still end all U.S. military support by the end of 2014 if Karzai or his successor fail to sign the security deal soon, officials insist. For now, however, Karzai’s refusal to sign it by Dec. 31 has forced U.S. officials to back off their stated deadline.
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