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Afghan president will defer signing US deal

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Afghanistan Loya Jirga

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's president says he backs the signing of a security deal with the United States but tells a gathering of elders that if they and parliament approve the agreement it should be signed after next spring's elections.

Hamid Karzai's abrupt decision Thursday to defer signing the agreement until after the April 5 elections came even as he said he supported the Bilateral Security Agreement in a speech to the 2,500-member national consultative council known as the Loya Jirga.

Such a development could be a potential deal breaker as the United States has said it wants an agreement as soon as possible to allow planners in the United States to prepare for a military presence after 2014, when the majority of foreign combat forces will have left Afghanistan.
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stevendy1 November 21 2013 at 8:35 AM

leave now !!! let them stand or fall on their own..

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dbrown6242 November 21 2013 at 9:21 AM

So much for 'back door' diplomacy and agreements with despots.

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ACE-7-6-2005 November 21 2013 at 9:19 AM

The moment The U.S. gets out of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai will go to the highest bidder. He will sell his country to any faction that has the money.

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tennisstupid ACE-7-6-2005 November 21 2013 at 9:30 AM

just like an American Congressman ... we taught him well

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woodyandmarie1 ACE-7-6-2005 November 21 2013 at 9:34 AM

Aman

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ghl40 November 21 2013 at 9:18 AM

It seems that Hamid Karzai wants to make us his partner in the election process because we would have a vested interest in him. It's a good political strategy for Karzai but it's not a good one for us. Karzai's government is corrupt and maybe it is corrupt beyond repair. Not that it wouldn't be any less corrupt with another leader but it is what it is.

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jheusser November 21 2013 at 8:38 AM

Screw Karazi. Bring our men and women home NOW!. I can't for the of me understand why we are begging these people to let us stay there. We should be out and OUT now.

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nv9463 November 21 2013 at 7:51 AM

Need to get out now. They can't be trusted. We should learn from our mistakes. Stay home and take care of our own.

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pinochlenana November 21 2013 at 7:59 AM

We are NEVER going to change a thing over there. What is the benefit of being there other than the money we give them? Let them fight their own war that has been going on for a very long time. Bring our soldiers and equipment home now. We have lost too many lives, our wounded vets, wasted billions in being there. Now it seems they want and a apology? Now they want to have control to punish our soldiers THEY feel did something wrong? What the hell is wrong with our elected officials that want to continue staying over there? BRING OUR SOLDIERS HOME.

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urout48 November 21 2013 at 9:06 AM

This guy is just covering his ass. He is in bed with the bad guys. We shouldn't"t even be dealing with him .

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jjoyce39 November 21 2013 at 9:05 AM

WTF I thought Obama said we are out in 2014??? What more lies from him again? Wasting our lives and money there, just ask any enlistedman that seved there. It is a joke.

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cop2122 November 21 2013 at 9:02 AM

How does the puppet get the strings?

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mike shaffer cop2122 November 21 2013 at 9:17 AM

The American goverment gives them to them..

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