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Karzai Delivers Final Address to Parliament

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai arrives at the opening ceremony of the fourth year of the Afghanistan parliament in Kabul, March 15, 2014.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai arrives at the opening ceremony of the fourth year of the Afghanistan parliament in Kabul, March 15, 2014.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai repeated his resistance to signing a security deal with the United States during his final address to the parliament Saturday.

"The people of Afghanistan are not against the security agreement with America, the people of Afghanistan might even be in favor of it, but the people of Afghanistan recognize peace as the main base  of life like any other country in the world and any other nations in the world.  So if a country wants a security agreement, relations and a military base, that presence must bring peace in Afghanistan," he said.

Karzai added that the last 12 years of war were imposed on Afghans, a reference to the U.S. invasion that forced out the Taliban. 

The U.S. has threaten to pull out all U.S. troops by the end of the year if a bilateral security agreement is not reached.

Karzai has previously rejected signing the security agreement before next month's presidential elections.

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by: meanbill from: USA
March 16, 2014 12:28 AM
THE WISE MAN said it; .. Not one single US military man or woman was injured, wounded, or killed for Karzai, the Afghan people, or their country... (The US did it for their on selfish reasons)..
FACT (1); ... America only invaded Afghanistan to avenge the Bin Laden led Al-Qaeda attack of 09-11-2001 on the US, and to oust the Taliban led government that supported the Al-Qaeda training bases, and kill the Al-Qaeda fighters..
FACT (2); ... The US didn't invade Afghanistan to free the Afghan people, or bring Democracy to them .. (NO?) .. they did it for revenge against Al-Qaeda, and their supporters..
FACT (3); ... Karzai was right? .. After 12 years of war, the US didn't bring peace, and now hide behind (30) foot high blast-proof walls from Al-Qaeda and the Taliban..
FACT (4) ... The US wants to leave 15,000 CIA special forces with killer drones, to kill Al-Qaeda and other anti-American enemies in Afghanistan and other countries, and (not) to protect Afghans or bring peace to their country.. ........ REALLY

by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
March 15, 2014 11:05 PM
USA wants a security agreement for Afghan safety or to create problems in Iran. Because they want bases near to Iran and Pakistani border. Any body can clarify what is their exact intention by these security agreement, really a secure Afghanistan or more trouble in this region. We have bad experience of USA in this region,specially in case of Afghanistan and Pakistan. How much problems in this area in the last twenty years any body can calculate and arrive its answer.

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