The Washington Times - December 24, 2013, 10:46AM

Afghan President Hamid Karzai can’t hold off on signing a security agreement with the U.S. for much longer, said former White House Middle East adviser Marc Ginsberg.

“It’s just a matter of weeks now, I don’t think Karzai can hold us hostage for much longer,” Mr. Ginsburg said Tuesday on MSNBC.

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The pact would allow U.S. troops to remain in the country after 2014 to do training and some counter-terrorism missions. If Mr. Karzai will not sign the agreement, all U.S. and foreign troops will leave at the end of 2014.

“We know we have to do what is necessary to protect American interests in Afghanistan,” Mr. Ginsburg said.