April 01, 2014

Weary US Congress may hold key to Afghanistan security

By Michèle Flournoy

Source: Yahoo! News

Journalist(s) Mathieu Rabechault

Washington (AFP) - The United States hopes to maintain a military presence in Afghanistan after 2014 but Kabul's future security could hinge on the US Congress's willingness to keep bankrolling the mission, analysts say.

The departure from power of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who leaves office after elections Saturday, should pave the way for Washington to forge an agreement over US troops with his successor.

Karzai angered the US last year after refusing to ink an agreed Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) which would see around 10,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan after this year on a training and counter-terrorism mission.

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  • Michèle Flournoy

    Chief Executive Officer, CNAS

    Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from Febr...