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No U.S. troops in Afghanistan post-2014 without security agreement, official says

The Rack: “Afghanistan after 2014: Why zero is not an option” (Economist) Signature needed Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told U.S. senators on Thursday that there would be no American troops in Afghanistan post-2014 without a signed Bilateral Security Agreement (Pajhwok). Speaking to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Dempsey said that while any U.S. presence in the country after combat troops withdraw at the end of next year is dependent on the signing the agreement, he’s confident it will be formalized in time. Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspended negotiations over the agreement after the…