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Monday 24 November 2014



The Lower House of Parliament, known as the Wolesi Jirga, with majority vote, approved the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with NATO on Sunday.

After debates on the agreements during the session, House Speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi asked the MPs to raise their cards, green in favor of the pacts and red in opposition.

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U.S. President Barack Obama has secretly decided in recent weeks to extend the combat role of the American troops in Afghanistan, sanctioning the American troops to play a direct role in fighting in the war, revealed by a U.S.-based newspaper.Top news in this bulletin.

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Based on the classified reports as said by the New York Times, Obama's order allows American forces to "carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government." The authorization of direct role in the war will allow for the use of American jets, bombers and drones to support the Afghan security forces in their combat missions; specifically, according to a senior American military officer, U.S. Air Force F-16 fighters, B-1B bombers and Predator and Reaper drones.

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