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U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistan | NYTimes.com

Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and to a “zero option” that would leave no American troops there after next year, according to American and European officials.

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Analysis from the Council on Foreign Relations

“The [Afghan National Army] will still need help with military advice, intelligence collection, logistics (a weak point), air support, counter-IED (improvised explosive devices) capabilities and medical evacuation. In the short term, nothing would enhance America’s negotiating position with the Taliban more than a clear commitment from Barack Obama to provide an enduring force able to perform these tasks,” says the Economist.

“If you ask ordinary Afghans about their future in 2015 and beyond, they are more likely to express fears about an economic recession, increased violence by militants, total abandonment by the international community, and uncertainty about President Karzai’s replacement than a civil war or a triumphant return of the Taliban to power,” writes Ahmad Shafi for Foreign Policy.

“An important reason for Washington’s desire for a peace settlement is precisely fear of a political meltdown in Kabul next year, stemming from a bitterly contested and rigged election producing a president whose authority would be rejected by the existing Kabul elites and the Afghan National Army. Thousands of American soldiers would be caught in the middle of the resulting mess,” writes Anatol Lieven in the New York Times.

For more on this story, visit: Council on Foreign Relations – Daily News Brief – July 9, 2013.

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