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Karzai wants to defer signing Afghan-US security deal

“There is mistrust between me and America. I don’t trust them, and they don’t trust me.” Those were the words of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to the Loya Jirga assembly of elders on Thursday, as they gathered to discuss a vital security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: The war is over! Long live the war!

Hours before the Loya Jirga, or grand council, gathered in Kabul Thursday to debate Afghanistan’s future, Secretary of State John Kerry announced he and President Hamid Karzai had finally hammered out the details of a key security agreement. Now Karzai says the council should approve it, but Afghanistan's government will not sign it until after April's elections.

Afghan-US talks: A bad end to the ‘good war’?

Analysis: Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced they had resolved most major issues that had been stalling a key security accord between Washington and Kabul. The bilateral security agreement, or BSA, will determine how many US troops remain in Afghanistan after 2014, and under what conditions. But the deal could still founder.
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