Afghan parliament approves U.S.-Afghan security pact

KABUL Sat May 26, 2012 5:56am EDT

1 of 2. Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bulldog look at a Taliban position after they attacked the Combat Outpost (COP) Boston in Kherwar district in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan, May 25, 2012.

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KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's parliament approved on Saturday a strategic pact between Kabul and Washington, clearing the way for a U.S. presence in the country for at least a decade after most foreign combat troops leave in 2014.

"This was done for the interest of Afghanistan," said Daoud Kalakani, an MP from Kabul. Around 180 MPs were present and only four voted against, Kalakani said.

The deal, signed by U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai in Kabul on May 2, sets out a long-term U.S. role in Afghanistan, including aid and advisers.

Most of the contentious parts of the pact, which could have seen the obstructive parliament reject the deal, had earlier been removed and dealt with separately, including giving Afghans control of controversial night raids on homes and prisons used to detain insurgents.

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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eddiefresh wrote:
2012: Afghanistan becomes the newest American province.

How long will the US continue to overextend itself? The American military has been in Germany, Japan and S. Korea for 60 years, why would the US ever leave Afghanistan?

May 26, 2012 4:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ConradU812 wrote:
Security pact? Their own troops are killing our soldiers almost weekly! We need to pull out of that rat hole and let the taliban have it….they pretty much do anyway.

May 26, 2012 8:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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