September 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year.
The White House has become increasingly frustrated with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has refused to sign a security pact the White House says is crucial to keeping a U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan past the end of this year.
Obama spoke Tuesday with Karzai in their first direct discussions since last June.
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