Secretary of State Kerry and Afghanistan's Karzai say they are this close to an agreement that will keep some U.S. forces in the country after the big, 2014 pullout. As Indira A.R. Lakshmanan & Eltaf Asefy Najafizada of Bloomberg report:
After two days of negotiations in Kabul, both leaders said the remaining obstacle to concluding the deal is whether Afghan representatives will endorse the U.S. having legal jurisdiction over international forces accused of committing crimes in the country.
This is what is known as a "status of forces" treaty and failure to negotiate one successfully with the Iraqi government led to a total American pullout.
And, as Michael Yon reports, the prospects an SOF deal with the Afghanistan government are well short of good. And the long-term consequences, detailed by Yon in this sobering report, are a long, long way short of good.