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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Afghan-US 'partnership'

Afghan-US 'partnership'
Go to fullsize image Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that Afghanistan will only sign a long-term "strategic partnership" deal with Washington. United States meets Afghan conditions, including an end to controversial night raids on homes.The new US ambassador in Kabul, Ryan Crocker. US have no interest in permanent military bases in the country. 

Not want to project its influence in the region by remaining in Afghanistan.Long-term American presence in the country following the departure of all foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.
Speaking as he met defenses chiefs at his palace Karzai said Afghanistan, foreign forces working within Afghan legal rules, 

US troop not taking prisoners or maintaining jails, and an end to controversial night raids by elite commandos.
"Nato and the international community are helping our country. But this will not go on forever and we don't want it forever," Karzai said.

"We are not proud of that. The good news will come when we, Afghans, are protecting our own homeland”.
Critics have said the handover process is premature because Afghan forces are not ready to hold off the Taliban.

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