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The Boston Globe


US may pull all troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is considering speeding up the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and a “zero option” that would leave no American troops there after next year, according to American and European officials.

Obama is committed to ending US military involvement in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and administration officials have been negotiating with Afghan officials about leaving a small “residual force” behind. But his relationship with Karzai has been slowly unraveling and reached a new low after an effort last month by the United States to begin peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.

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