President Obama May Pull All U.S. Troops Out of Afghanistan in Mid 2014

| by Michael Allen
article imagearticle image

President Obama is reportedly considering withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in the summer of 2014.

U.S. troops levels were supposed to decrease by about 50 percent in early 2014, but the Obama administration may remove all U.S. military presence because of the troubled relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, notes the New York Times.

The problem stems from President Karzai's opposition to peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban. The end of those peace talks also ended negotiations with the United States over a proposed long-term security deal to keep U.S. forces in Afghanistan after 2014.

A video conference call between President Obama and President Karzai to patch things up recently went badly when Karzai accused Obama of conspiring with the Taliban.

Full troop withdrawal has been referred to by the Obama administration as the “zero option” for a “worst case scenario." 

However, the zero option is now a possible option to end the decade-long war, which is the longest war the U.S. has ever engaged in.

If the U.S. were to withdraw from Afghanistan, it is likely other countries, such as Great Britain, would remove their troops as well.

Source: New York Times