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NATO chief: Plans to help Afghanistan after 2014 hinge on bilateral security accord with US
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, December 2, 2013 1:42 PM EST
NATO's secretary-general says the alliance won't be able to deploy its non-combat training and advisory mission in Afghanistan after next year unless President Hamid Karzai agrees to a bilateral security agreement with the United States.
Rasmussen's comments Monday amounted to new pressure on Karzai a day before foreign ministers from NATO's 28 member states meet in Brussels.
Following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the United States led an international intervention that toppled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and has taken the lion's share of responsibility in NATO's International Security Assistance Force since then.