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US weighs cost of letting #Afghanistan go its own way #military #mideast

Related Afghans describe relatives' deaths in recent US drone strike Karzai's hesitation on Jirga recommendation creates cloud of uncertainty US commander in Afghanistan apologizes to Karzai for civilian death, injuries NATO says investigating airstrike in Afghanistan Karzai angrily accuses US of drone strike that killed child Soldiers stand guard in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Nov. 14, 2013. Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times/MCT WASHINGTON — In January, when U.S. officials first raised the prospect of keeping no troops in Afghanistan after 2014, this "zero option" was broadly seen as a rhetorical bargaining chip the White House was using to nudge along talks over a long-term security agreement. But an increasingly acrimonious stalemate between the officials and Afghanistan’s recalcitrant president has made the prospect quite real. After its longest war in history, the United Sta...

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