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Obama meets war commanders as Afghan plan in limbo

Published on Feb 5, 2014 6:42 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama met top Afghanistan war advisors on Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014, with US plans for a post-2014 military force in limbo over Afghan President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a security agreement.

Mr Obama met Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Marine General Joseph Dunford, the commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, as he deliberates on the pace of US troop drawdowns and future strategy.

Mr Karzai has infuriated Washington by declining to sign a bilateral security agreement (BSA), which would allow some US troops to remain behind on a training mission when American and allied combat missions end at the end of the year.

The White House has warned that if he does not sign soon, it will have to begin preparing to leave no troops behind in the country.

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