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Karzai, Kerry Closer to Troops Agreement

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) arrives for a second meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, October 12, 2013.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) arrives for a second meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, October 12, 2013.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai say they are closer to an agreement on bilateral security but differences remain over the question of immunity for U.S. troops.
 
The two officials commented in Kabul late Saturday, following extended talks on a possible U.S. presence in Afghanistan after the NATO-led military mission ends next year.
 
President Karzai said the question of which country had jurisdiction over any crimes committed by U.S. forces after 2014 would have to be resolved by the Afghan parliament and an assembly of elders.
 
Kerry said the U.S. could prosecute any wrongdoing by American forces.
 
The U.S. has been pushing for an agreement with Afghanistan by the end of this month.
 
The talks between Washington and Kabul have been in progress for more than a year.
 
However, they have repeatedly stalled on issues of Afghan sovereignty, the expected role of U.S. forces, and Karzai's demand for American guarantees against future foreign intervention. If there is no agreement, U.S. forces will leave by the end of 2014.
 
In another development, U.S. officials announced the capture of senior Pakistani Taliban commander Latif Mehsud.
 
Word of his capture came as Kerry met with Karzai on Friday.
 
A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said Mehsud was captured in eastern Afghanistan.
 
The spokeswoman said Mehsud's group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for attacks that include an attempted bombing in New York's Times Square in 2010.
 
Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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by: Cindy from: USA
October 12, 2013 5:08 PM
Kerry, tell us about BOHEMIAN GROVE.....


by: Ramnarayan from: Florida, USA
October 12, 2013 4:43 PM
I would trust the US system of law compared to the Afghan's anytime. Yes, we may have flaws, but our system has checks and balances. I can't say that about the Afghans. Karzai often complains, but has no real solution to anything. The real proof is how the Afghan politicians handle their internal affairs once we leave.


by: Haron from: Afghanistan
October 12, 2013 12:13 PM
as my opinion US troops guarantee against future violence by their troop/troops and foreign intervention must be taken as a top agenda. otherwise the agreement doesn't benefit for our country.

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