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Obama warns Karzai total pullout in plans

Posted: February 26, 2014 at 5:36 a.m.

U.S. servicemen keep watch Tuesday at Manas Air Force Base outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The base has begun closing down as U.S. troops begin using a replacement facility in Romania for moving in and out of Afghanistan. Officials say the longer the United States waits to decide on a future course in Afghanistan, the more costly and risky a withdrawal will become, with more airlifts for a rapid pullout.

President Barack Obama warned Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. is making plans for a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by year’s end in the absence of a bilateral security agreement.

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