US, Karzai Butt Heads Over Afghan Security Deal
Karzai wants Gitmo releases, help with Taliban talks; US threatens to walk
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 26, 2013 7:56 AM CST
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during the last day of the national consultative council known as a Loya Jirga in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

(Newser) – As the US and Afghanistan attempt to hammer out a troop withdrawal agreement, things are getting testier on both sides. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is telling US National Security Adviser Susan Rice that he won't sign any deal unless the US agrees to new demands. He wants Washington to help Kabul run Taliban peace talks; he's also calling for the release of all 17 Afghan citizens currently at Guantanamo. And he insisted, not for the first time, that US soldiers must never again set "foot into an Afghan home," the Washington Post reports.

Rice, however, has told Karzai that if he doesn't sign a security deal by the year's end, the US will have to begin a complete pullout. Karzai also risks losing $4 billion yearly in an international effort to support his military, as well as $4 billion to boost Afghanistan's economy. Karzai would rather wait until after elections in his country next year, an option the US says is "not viable." "We can continue to disagree, but at the end of the day, we are the ones who have the troops," a US official tells the Post.

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Smitty6398
Nov 26, 2013 11:34 PM CST
Yup!! Shut the pocketbook, get yer chit and get out, NOW!!!
Bundy714
Nov 26, 2013 3:42 PM CST
Why leave our troops in harms way, spending countless taxpayers dollars, to play whack-a-mole with the Taliban? Does anyone think we will get rid of the Taliban if we just stay another 10 years, or 50 years? Who stands to make money off this pointless, wasteful, boondoggle? That's who's pushing to stay, the ones making money off the deal.
westword6
Nov 26, 2013 3:13 PM CST
First we go into Afghanistan -- big mistake -- then we delay getting out -- another mistake -- and now we bother listening to Karzai, who is corrupt and irrelevant? Forget it. Pull out now.