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IPFS News Link • Afghanistan

US Backs Off December Ultimatum for Karzai Pact


The Obama Administration imposed an ultimatum on President Hamid Karzai last month: he must sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) by the end of December, or the occupation will end.

Or it won’t end. The White House, apparently noticing that Karzai hasn’t budged mid-way through December, is furiously backpedaling, and now says January would be fine too.
Karzai’s term in office ends in April, and he’s only said he won’t sign until after the April election, so the US only needs to back-track a few more times to get themselves in line with what Karzai planned to do at any rate.