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US threatens troops pullout in Afghanistan

Updated: 2013-11-27 06:40
By Jessica Donati and Mark Felsenthal in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Washington ( China Daily)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, opening up the prospect of a complete withdrawal of US troops from the strife-torn nation next year.

Karzai told US National Security Advisor Susan Rice in Kabul on Monday that the US must put an immediate end to military raids on Afghan homes and demonstrate its commitment to peace talks before he would sign a bilateral security pact, Karzai's spokesman said.

The White House said Karzai had outlined new conditions in the meeting with Rice and "indicated he is not prepared to sign the deal promptly".

US threatens troops pullout in Afghanistan