NEW: Top US General: Negotiations Done on Afghan Deal 12/11/13
December 11, 2013
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - America's top military officer says the U.S. does not intend to renegotiate a security deal with Afghanistan and that a full withdrawal of its forces from the country at the end of 2014 could reverse gains made by Afghan troops in their war against the Taliban.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters late Tuesday that although he is not yet planning a so-called "zero-option" to remove all U.S. forces at the end of 2014, a failure to sign the deal it could make it an "unfortunate possibility."
The U.S. wants it signed by the end of the month, but Afghan President Hamid Karzai has so far refused to do so. It could keep thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan for up to a decade.