U.S. Army Sgt. Brayn Son observes northern Afghanistan from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during skills training in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, July 2, 2013. Son is assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Charles Morgan
Afghanistan, U.S. Near Agreement On Post-2014 Force -- USA Today
WASHINGTON – The United States and Afghanistan have resolved most issues and are nearing completion of an agreement that paves the way for an American military presence after 2014 that will include a limited U.S. counterterrorism force and military advisers.
"We're at the point now where we concluded the text," said a senior State Department official familiar with the negotiations. "We're in a period of endgame." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is not official.
Without the so-called bilateral security agreement, the United States would be unable to remain beyond 2014, jeopardizing Afghanistan's government and its armed forces.
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