Afghanistan signs deal to keep US troops in country
The new Afghan government has signed a security deal with American officials that will allow US troops to remain in the country beyond this year.
Most NATO forces are to withdraw this year, leaving US$9,800 troops behind.
However, by next year, there will be about 12,000 troops in a new NATO-led mission – including US soldiers – to train and assist Afghanistan's security forces.
The agreement was signed by Afghanistan's newly appointed national security adviser, Hanif Atmar.
Past President Hamid Karzai had refused to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement with the US, straining ties and raising security fears.
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