U.S.: Afghanistan can't 'keep deferring' decision on security pact

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – The United States and its allies cannot continue to put off decisions about a post-2014 mission in Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, urging Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a pact allowing U.S. troops to stay beyond this year. “You can’t just keep deferring and deferring, because at some point the realities of planning and budgeting and all that is required collides,” Hagel told reporters late on Wednesday, aboard a military aircraft en route to Poland. …

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