Feb 13, 2014 2:52 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is dropping its insistence that Afghanistan sign a crucial security pact within "weeks."
That suggests it could be willing to wait and see if the successor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai is easier to work with after elections in April.
Karzai exacerbated tensions with Washington on Thursday by releasing 65 accused militants from a former U.S. prison.
The American military opposed the move, saying the men are Taliban fighters who will likely return to the battlefield to kill coalition and Afghan forces.
Even before the prisoner release, a U.S. official said the White House has not ruled out waiting until after Afghanistan's April elections to see if a new leader will finalize the bilateral security agreement Karzai stubbornly refuses to sign.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
42 minutes ago
Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.
Send us your feedback. We want to hear from you!
Look at photos and videos and share them!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Website
Get KRISTV.com on your mobile or PDA!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Apps
Get our mobile apps on your mobile or PDA!
See the latest winning numbers!
|6 News Team
Read about your favorite KRIS-TV personalities!
|FCC Online Public File
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and more