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Karzai Reiterates US Security Deal Refusal

Afghan President Hamid Karzai departs last day of the Loya Jirga, Kabul, Nov. 24, 2013.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai departs last day of the Loya Jirga, Kabul, Nov. 24, 2013.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has reiterated he will not sign a security pact with the United States until the U.S. agrees to end raids on Afghan homes and to broker a peace process with the Taliban.

Karzai said the two conditions were "absolute prerequisites" for him to endorse the agreement.

The Afghan president made his comments Saturday in New Delhi, the second day of his three-day visit to India.

The security pact calls for U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014 to help train Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban.

The United States has said Karzai must sign the pact by the end of this year, or the U.S. will have no choice but to withdraw all troops after 2014.

Afghanistan's grand assembly, or Loya Jirga, has urged Karzai to sign the pact. But he has said he wants his successor to decide on the security deal after his country's presidential election in April.

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by: Jennifer Bloom from: Toronto
December 15, 2013 12:26 AM
This might be a pure geopolitical issue..now it seems..before going to India, Karzai was in Iran...http://asimovarifov.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/afghanistan-iran-relations-the-proposed-bsa/

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by: Ian from: USA
December 15, 2013 1:56 PM
(not including cost on military & our soldiers' deaths) the US had spend roughly 100 billion in non-military funds to rebuild Afghanistan .
Karzai is entitled to his decision , and we should honor his desire immediately by withdraw our troops & stop the bleeding of money out of our country . (don't forget we owing China tons of money that we have to repay with dividend & interest)
Let see what we could do with 100,000,000,000 dollar at home
-maybe scholarships of 40,000 dollar for 2,500,000 American students so the parents do not have to pawn their homes for their children's educations.
-maybe an extension of 20,000 dollar for 5,000,000 unemployed workers so their families have something to eat tonight.
-or maybe taking care of the social security fund...
The possibilities are endless beneficial for americans and save the precious lives of our soldiers .

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