NATO Pushes Afghanistan's Karzai To Sign Troop Deal With the US

US could withdraw all troops if the deal is not signed


NATO pushed Afghanistan to agree to a scaled-back international troop presence as of 2015, warning that the alternative would be a complete pullout that leaves the country at the mercy of a reinvigorated Taliban.

U.S. allies in Europe joined the Obama administration in pressuring Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign the troop-stationing accord with the U.S. before the end of the month, to allow time next year to shift international troops into a backup and training role.