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Karzai Accuses U.S. Of Withholding Supplies

Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of withholding military supplies in an effort to pressure him into signing a stalled bilateral security deal.

A statement from Karzai's office late on December 1 said "the cutting of fuel supplies and support services to the Afghan Army and police is being used as a means of pressure to ensure Afghanistan signs the Bilateral Security Agreement."

Washington denied the accusation.
Analysis: Why Karzai May Be Delaying Signing A Security Pact

Last week, Karzai demanded Washington help in kick-starting peace talks with the Taliban and stop U.S. military raids on Afghan homes before he signs the agreement.

The pact will shape the U.S. military mission after most international troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.

Washington has said that, unless the agreement is signed promptly, it will have no choice but to begin to plan for the withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO troops.
Based on reporting by dpa, Reuters, and AFP