Nato alert over Afghanistan pullout


Nato’s secretary general says that if Afghan leaders and the White House can’t agree on a key security pact, the US-led alliance will pull all of its troops and equipment out of Afghanistan by December. The statement from Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the start of a Nato defence ministers meeting ratchets up pressure on Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai to strike a deal. US president Barack Obama threatened to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year if the pact isn’t signed. Without that agreement, Rasmussen says, forces from other Nato countries and partners cannot stay…

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