Friday 18 April 2014

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American soldiers who remain in Afghanistan after 2014 will be allowed to remain under the legal jurisdiction of the US instead of Afghanistan if certain conditions are met, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday.

With talks between Afghan and US officials moving towards a bilateral security agreement, Karzai said at a press briefing that US troop impunity from Afghan prosecution – a key demand of the US – will be granted if the Americans can give certain guarantees in return.

Lawmakers on Saturday lashed out at the government for its failure at peace talks and security in the wake of the assassination attempt against Afghanistan's spy chief by a suicide bomber.

In the Saturday parliamentary session, MPs reacted to the news that the suicide bomber had met with National Directorate of Security chief Asadullah Khalid on the pretext of being a peace envoy, and criticised the intelligence unit for failing to prevent the suicide attack. 

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