Iran’s foreign ministry has asked Afghanistan not to sign a security deal with the U.S. that would keep American troops in the country for the next decade.
KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, opening up the prospect of a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from the strife-torn nation next year.
Maintaining a residual U.S. and NATO force in Afghanistan beyond 2014 remains critical to preventing the Taliban and al Qaeda from regaining a foothold in the country, according to a Department of Defense report released Friday.
Nearly 80 percent of Afghanistan will be off-limits to oversight officials in the next year as mounting security concerns choke off access to many taxpayer funded reconstruction projects, according to U.S. officials and media reports.
Afghanistan could witness a resurgence of al Qaeda comparable to the group’s current restoration in Iraq without a residual U.S. and NATO-led force in the country after 2014, experts said Tuesday.
United States Army Captain William D. Swenson is being awarded with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday for actions taken after an Afghan National Security Force-led mission that he was advising was ambushed by a host of well-armed, well-positioned insurgents.
U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan 12 years ago Monday in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, initiating a conflict some experts worry has been forgotten.