WASHINGTON (Agencies) – Pentagon officials are considering putting elite special operations troops under CIA control in Afghanistan after 2014, just as they were during last year’s raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, reported CBS quoting an American news agency.

That means the US and Afghanistan could say there are no more US troops on the ground because once the SEALs, Rangers and other elite units are assigned to CIA control, even temporarily, they become spies.

The idea floated by a senior defence intelligence official comes as defence chiefs try to figure out how to draw down troops fast enough to meet the White House’s 2014 deadline. The Pentagon denies the plan is being discussed, but four more current officials say they’ve been briefed on it.