29 Sep '14, 6pm

U.S. to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States and Afghanistan will sign a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year, a U.S. official said. White House senior adviser John Podesta on Monday reported the planned signing after attending the inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in Kabul. U.S. and Afghan officials agreed on terms of the accord more than a year ago, but former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai refused to sign. Karzai complained about U.S. airstrikes that have killed Afghan civilians and U.S. overtures to the Taliban, the Islamists who had ruled Afghanistan until ousted by American forces in 2001. The Taliban have been waging a civil war ever since. Both Ahmadzai and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, said they would sign the agreement if elected. The two formed a power-sharing government, ...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140929/NEWS08/30929004...

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