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Obama Tells Pentagon to Prepare for Afghan Pullout

U.S. President Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year in case the long-delayed Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) remains unsigned. The White House says Obama conveyed the message to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, in a phone call Tuesday. It says Obama told Karzai that Washington will leave open the possibility of concluding a BSA with Afghanistan later this year, but that the longer it is delayed,...

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