US, Afghanistan at impasse over deal

The US and Afghanistan are at an �œimpasse” over a stalled security agreement a political commentator told Press TV on Sunday.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai accuses the US of trying to force Kabul into signing a security deal with Washington so that US troops can remain in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 withdrawal deadline.

The security deal would give US troops stationed in Afghanistan immunity from prosecution in Afghan courts.

�œMr. Karzai for reasons of his own and representing a significant portion of the Afghan population doesn�™t want to go that far,” said Edward Peck, the former US Chief of Mission in Iraq and former US Ambassador to Mauritania.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says that he supports a NATO force in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Hagel made the comment in a meeting with US troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Currently, the US and its allies have over 80,000 troops, some 46,000 of them Americans, on the ground in Afghanistan.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 under the pretext of war on terror. Thousands of Afghan civilians, including a large number of women and children, have been killed during night raids by foreign forces and CIA-run assassination drone strikes.

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Source: Press TV