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Rice: US Will Not Apologize for Afghan War Mistakes

File - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
File - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
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U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice says the United States will not apologize to Afghanistan for mistakes made during the Afghan war.

Rice's comments late Tuesday came after a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he was expecting a letter of apology from President Barack Obama as part of the negotiations for a new security agreement between the two countries.

U.S. officials acknowledge that Karzai requested an apology letter during a telephone conversation with Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday. But Rice told CNN television Tuesday that there is "no need" for the United States to apologize to Afghanistan. She said the United States has sacrificed and supported Afghanistan in its democratic progress and in fighting insurgents and al-Qaida.

The conversation between Karzai and Secretary Kerry came ahead of a planned meeting of Afghan leaders on Thursday, in which they may approve a deal that would allow a limited number of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan to train security forces after the 2014 withdrawal of most NATO troops.

Karzai's spokesman said Tuesday the United States has agreed to not let its forces raid and search the homes of ordinary Afghans under the proposed security agreement.

But State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said while there has been "some progress" toward resolving outstanding issues in the security agreement, the U.S. and Afghanistan are "not there yet."

Searches of Afghan homes by U.S. forces had emerged as a sticking point in negotiations and threatened to derail the Bilateral Security Agreement, which will govern the presence of forces in Afghanistan after most foreign troops leave next year.

Around 2,500 delegates, including members of parliament, provincial government officials and representatives of civil society will attend the three-day loya jirga in Kabul this week.

Kabul remains on high alert with offices closed and dozens of checkpoints set up along the route leading to the site of the gathering.

A car bomb near the site of the loya jirga killed more than 10 people on Saturday.

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by: from: bewstow
November 20, 2013 12:22 PM
AF need no troop on its soil, just kick these US bandits out of country and save from modren day slavery.


by: ali baba from: new york
November 20, 2013 10:40 AM
it is absurd statement by Hamid Kauza the presidents Of Afghanistan to request a letter of apology. .the fact that us lost over thousand young men for this bloody war because the double standard of this criminal afghan. they took the money then they stab in the back by planted road side bomb to kill innocent. American soldiers. the afghan does not deserve one penny for trillion dollars spend because us politician has lost the touch of reality.

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by: ali baba from: new york
November 20, 2013 2:29 PM
ha ha . when us went to Afghanistan ,it was in a civil war .Talban make the lives of afghan miserable. American feed them. American heal them . American try to educate them to act as a civilized people .afghan can not live as civilized people. they are going to kill each other .they will continue to have same sex marriage .they will continue to practice homosexuality .

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by: Okay.
November 20, 2013 12:22 PM
You're ab idiot. Educate yourself on just WHO caused this war in the first place. President Jimmy Carter and Brzezinski singlehandedly gave rise to Islamist terrorism in the region with their selfish Cold War motives. Please educate yourself. You're disgusting. The US has lost "a thousand" lives. How does that even compare to hundreds of thousand of INNOCENT, NONCOMBATANT lives lost to Americans who botched the so-called War on Terror in the first place? The US has real, tangible potential to quickly fix Afghanistan and set it on the right path after the Taliban were ousted in 2001, but no, they chose to fight the war on the cheap and partner up with their old warlord and druglord cronies they created during the 1980s. Please EDUCATED YOURSELF AND AT LEAST LEARN HOW TO SPELL, you atrocious excuse for a human being.

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