The comments by Ben Rhodes, the White House's deputy national security adviser, come as the Pentagon and White House mull over the number of troops that could be left in Afghanistan after 2014 to fight insurgents and train Afghan security forces. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Obama are scheduled to meet on Friday in Washington. Rhodes said the administration is considering a range of options, with one scenario having no U.S. Rhodes said there were no expectations on any deal on post-2014 troop levels during the Karzai visit, and he said it could be months before any decision was made. But the United States also is insistent on legal protection for any troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

If there is no agreement on that between the United States and Karzai between now and the end of 2014, then it could lead to a similar situation for the United States when it left Iraq. Hello everyone, if you're in favor of pulling troops out of Afghanistan prior to the deadline, kindly give this page a visit! As someone who has a brother there now, and a father (possibly) deploying there soon, this is great news. CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service.
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The range, according to defense officials, had until recently been between 6,000 to 15,000 U.S.
He also has been highly critical of the troops over the years, following incidents in which U.S.
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