The future of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be a focus of conversation during Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's visit to Washington this week, and the chances of more troops staying beyond the withdrawal date in 2014 could be going up.
FOX's James Rosen reports from the State Department in our ongoing series on national security:
Sources tell FOX News the Obama Administration may agree to boost the number of U.S. troops it leaves in Afghanistan after our combat mission there ends in 2014 if Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is visiting Washington this week, can get his government to confer immunity from criminal prosecutions on those troops.
Javid Ahmad, a Kabul-born foreign policy analyst with the German Marshall Fund in Washington, suggests the U.S.-Afghan alliance may not be as strong as in years past.
(Ahmad) "It all changed when President Obama came to office and President Karzai got increasingly distanced, largely because of the initial assessment by some of the insiders in Washington that President Karzai was part of the problem."
At the State Department, James Rosen, FOX News Radio.
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