The Washington Times - July 9, 2013, 08:17AM

President Obama is reportedly giving serious consideration to a speedy withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, leaving no troops there after 2014.

Mr. Obama is considering the “zero option,” instead of leaving a residual force, because of his deteriorating relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, The New York Times reported.


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Mr. Karzai was upset with American peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar, The Times said. He accused the U.S. government of leaving the country exposed to its enemies.

A June 27 video conference between Mr. Obama and Mr. Karzai ended badly, lending credence to the more extreme withdrawal plan, The Times reported.