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US Says Afghanistan's Karzai Seeks New Security Deal Conditions

File - Afghan President Hamid Karzai pictured on June 18, 2013.
File - Afghan President Hamid Karzai pictured on June 18, 2013.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in a meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, proposed new terms for a deal governing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he is in no hurry to sign the accord, the White House said on Monday.
       
"President Karzai outlined new conditions for signing the agreement and indicated he is not prepared to sign the BSA promptly,'' the White House said in a readout of the meeting between the two officials.

Karzai has persistently raised questions about the pact, which would enable U.S. troops to operate in the country beyond next year. An assembly of Afghan elders on Sunday endorsed the deal and advised Karzai to sign it promptly.

However, the Afghan president said he would not sign it until after a presidential election due in April. There should be peace in Afghanistan before the deal is signed, he said.

In Kabul, Karzai's spokesman said the Afghan president wanted to the United States to halt all military operations on civilians' homes and return Afghan citizens held in the Guantanamo prison camp before the pact is signed.

File - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.File - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
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File - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
File - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
Rice, who made a three-day visit to Afghanistan to visit U.S. troops, told Karzai it is "not viable'' to defer signing the deal until after the election, the White House said.

"It would not provide the United States and NATO allies the clarity necessary to plan for a potential post-2014 military presence,'' she said.

"Without a prompt signature, the U.S. would have no choice but to initiate planning for a post-2014 future in which there would be no U.S. or NATO troop presence in Afghanistan,'' she added.

U.S. troops have been in Afghanistan since 2001.

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by: Nikluss6 from: absecon
November 26, 2013 4:11 AM
How the hell did condy rice become Obamas security advisor?Obama is the greatest disappointment ever.Not one of his promises came true.Guantanamo=still open.Troops still in Iraq and Afghanistan. The healthcare bill is a lottery win for the insurance companies who we now must patronize by law.Might as well have left George bush in office.

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by: Nikluss6.1 from: absecon
November 26, 2013 9:46 AM
Susan Rice is not Condy Rice.

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by: 11oecn from: knoxville
November 26, 2013 9:24 AM
Check that
comment Susan Rice is not Condie Rice. Bush's Rice v Obama's Rice


by: bee farms from: oregon
November 26, 2013 4:10 AM
President Obama is right. I am a republican, and i still say Obama is right. Because the truth is that majority of average American citizens want peace & human rights for ALL the MidEast -- not just Israel -- and no more wars --for ALL the citizens of the MidEast regardless of religion or nationality.
Most Americans feel Israel has used America. It is time for friendship with ALL the Mideast. Obama is right. Diplomacy is what everyone should want. Americans are against wars. Average American wants peace, good will, and human rights for ALL people regardless of religion or politics.that is the REAL truth.

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by: American from: United States
November 26, 2013 9:59 AM
Usually when someone prefaces their statement with, "I am a republican/democrat", they are in fact the opposite. Either way, I think it is quite arrogant to make statements for the "majority" of Americans when your statement reeks of self importance. There are several different opinions on how Obama has engaged the Israelis. Some could even say that he has turned his back on them...reduced a once staunch ally to continuously question our support and intentions with international dealings.

Do most Americans want peace and friendship with the Middle East? There might be an argument for that; however, I think the fundamental differences between culture are the causes of friction...not lack of hope and diplomacy. I do think you are correct in generalizing that the average American wants peace, good will and human rights for all people; however, your statement falls flat at "regardless of religion or politics". This president has proven that he doesn't want to promote the rights of ALL, just his constitutes.

Who are we do dictate how others throughout the world should interact when we cannot even keep our house in order? This administration has made America look like the biggest hypocrisy in history.

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by: Concerned Citizen from: Earth
November 26, 2013 9:41 AM
There will NEVER BE PEACE in the middle east, those people are NEVER happy ABOUT ANYTHING, there will ALWAYS be something for one of the countries and the people in that country to find wrong for their unhappiness instead of having the mentality to try to improve things for themselves it's easier to riot and blow shit up because they're SCUMBAG MORONS that NEED to be "REMOVED" from the planet an continue to be removed until the responsible parties GET IT and realize the rest of the world does not want them!


by: lklem from: Iowa
November 26, 2013 1:06 AM
President Karzai government is VERY CORRUPT and is full of child molesters. They can be found anywhere, especially in the Police ranks. Where certain Police Chiefs have their toy boys and it is sad that the Allies turn their back on this. The only reason Karzai wants the allies and the United States is to bilk us out of our monies and line the pockets of his families and their cronies. The Obama Administration will not even give a father the reason and full story of his son's death at the hands of one of the of the toy boys of a Police Chief.

It is all covered up and that is not all. Obama is gutting the flag officer ranks of our military if they dare say anything against him especially concerning Benghazi. He finds anything to force them out. He even uses his power when an insurance commissioners in Washington DC disagrees with him. He has him forced out. It was so funny that he was heckled today in California. In a was Obama is like Karzai, neither one can be trusted.


by: jess from: Columbia, Mo
November 25, 2013 10:35 PM
What is wrong with letting Afghans shape their own future?

Bring the troops home now!

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by: ali baba from: new york
November 26, 2013 3:00 AM
afghan has no future. this is a country that have several mountain that isolated the country into a small local community .these is community is ruin by elder who is criminal . this elder control opiate business. they impose their rule which is similar to stone age rule. they kidnapped children especially male child and use it as a sex slave for the pleasure of that elder. all this negations to fool a national security advisor which have a history of poor judgment. the whole purpose is get money in their pocket. We loose over trillion dollars on this country and if this money is used to overhaul social security, we have a strong social security .the current social security is about to collapse . we have enough deception and liar from kazal and continue use his excellent skill to get money and it is a game


by: Larry Klemesrud from: Iowa
November 25, 2013 10:19 PM
President Karzai, his government, his family and corrupt and all they want is to bilk the United States out of money. Furthermore, they have Child Molester and Terrorist within their military and police. It is common knowledge and it is all being covered up by the Obama Administration. American lives have been lost because lax protection of classified information and the cover up of the corruption and greed within the President Karzai Government. It is time that we TOTALLY pull out of Afghanistan but we are being held their by big industry and the MORON that really run the Obama Administration.

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