NATO may pull troops from Afghanistan

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization recently announced that it may pull its troops out of Afghanistan in 2014, which some believe would leave the region open for terrorist groups to gain strength and power.

"If the Taliban were able to re-assert power in Afghanistan, it would embolden militants in Pakistan and increase the risk of extremists gaining access to Islamabad's nuclear weapons," Lisa Curtis, an expert on politics and security in Asia, said.

NATO is not alone in its decision. The U.S. announced it may also remove its troops from the region in the upcoming year if U.S. military personnel are not made exempt to Afghan law.

The Afghan government and approximately 2,500 elders are engaging in discussions toward the creation of a Bilateral Security Agreement to meet the demands of NATO and the U.S., and allow their troops to remain in the country.

If NATO and U.S. troops pull out of Aghanistan, Curtis said Afghanistan would meet the same fate as Iraq, which is now facing increasing terrorist violence from extremist groups. Pakistan, a neighboring country, is armed with nuclear weapons, which include approximately 100 warheads.

'There are a variety of terrorist groups based in Pakistan's tribal areas, including the Haqqani network, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, all of which have links to the Taliban and al-Qaeda," Curtis said.