Existing Afghan deal would cover US post-2014

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Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Commander, International Security Assistance Force, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, during a Senate Armed Services Committee on the situation in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama has threatened to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan if a new security agreement is not signed by the end of the year, but there is no legal reason the U.S. has to resort to the “zero option,” as administration officials have repeatedly claimed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Commander, International Security Assistance Force, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, during a Senate Armed Services Committee on the situation in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama has threatened to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan if a new security agreement is not signed by the end of the year, but there is no legal reason the U.S. has to resort to the “zero option,” as administration officials have repeatedly claimed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Commander, International Security Assistance Force, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the situation in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama has threatened to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan if a new security agreement is not signed by the end of the year, but there is no legal reason the U.S. has to resort to the “zero option,” as administration officials have repeatedly claimed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, leaves after attending the funeral procession of Afghanistan’s influential Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Fahim, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country’s civil war, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014. He was 57. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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