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Troops could be withdrawn from Afghanistan without deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - President Obama is saying if a deal can't be reached soon, all U.S. military could be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year.

President Obama and the Afghan President are having a tough time finding a new security agreement.

If they don't come up with something soon the U.S. will implement what's called the "zero option" - pulling out all troops by the new year.

There are currently 34,000 American troops in Afghanistan. 

The top U.S. commander recommended keeping 10,000 there for two more years in an advising and training capacity.

The bilateral agreement is seen as critical since it protects the soldiers from Afghan justice. 

Some foreign policy experts believe this may be an effort by the Afghan President to assert his authority and distance himself from the U.S.

"He's concerned about himself so he's been interacting with the Taliban and talking with them. And has been really critical of the U.S. role in Afghanistan," said Leigh Munsil, Politico Defense Reporter.

A senior Pakistani official tells CBS News that up to 30-percent of the Afghan Army could desert if all U.S. troops are pulled out this year.

If that happens, the already unstable county will only get worse.