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  1. Obama Orders Pentagon to Prepare Full Withdrawal from Afghanistan

    The president called Afghan leader Hamid Karzai on Tuesday to inform him that the Pentagon is preparing for a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. But Obama did dangle a carrot: Should Karzai’s successor sign a bilateral security agreement after April’s elections, the U.S. would be willing to leave a contingency force to conduct training and counter-terrorism operations. The move is not surprising given that some lawmakers and military leaders are worried a complete withdrawal could create an opening for a Taliban surge.

    Sources: NYTThe GuardianWashington Post

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