US mulls speeding up withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan

By REUTERS
July 9, 2013 04:56

The United States is considering speeding up its planned withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, including a possible "zero option" that would result in no US forces in that country after 2014, The New York Times reported on Monday.

Citing US and European officials, the Times reported that President Barack Obama has become increasingly frustrated by his dealings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, with their fraying relationship falling to new depths after last month's US move to open peace talks with the Taliban.

A June 27 video conference between Obama and Karzai aimed at lowering tensions ended poorly, the Times reported on its website, citing US and Afghan officials with knowledge of the conversation.


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