The United States is considering pulling out all its troops from Afghanistan next year and not waiting until 2014, US officials said.
The United States has been talking with officials in Afghanistan about keeping a small residual force there of perhaps 8,000 troops. US officials did not deny a report that Obama has become increasingly frustrated by his dealings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Their relationship fell to new depths after the US moved to open peace talks with the Taliban in June, which led Karzai to suspend talks on a security pact between the two allies. (Reuters)