It hasn’t come up much recently, but there are still U.S. troops in Afghanistan. For some reason or other. Negotiations with the Afghan government for dragging that along even further are (thankfully) running aground:
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has rejected a provision of a U.S.-Afghan security pact, putting the entire deal in jeopardy just days before the country’s elite gather to debate it, a senior Afghan official and a Western diplomat said.
The question of whether foreign troops will be able to search Afghan homes after NATO’s combat mission ends next year has long been a sticking point of an agreement setting out the terms under which remaining U.S. forces will operate there.
So the World’s Policeman may be blocked from continuing to act like cops on the ground there, ending an operation rendered irrelevant at best. Interesting how someone who got their position because of the war is showing such…independence. I wonder why?
The United States is concerned that as campaigning intensifies for Afghanistan’s presidential election next April, it will be increasingly difficult to broker a security pact.
“They want a window left open to go into Afghan homes, but the president does not accept that – not unilaterally and not joint,” the Afghan official said, referring to house raids by U.S. troops either on their own or with Afghan forces. (emphasis mine)
Gotta shore up that base!