US seeks troop immunity in Afghanistan

The United States insists that any US troops left in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal of foreign forces from the country must enjoy legal immunity from Afghan courts.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that US troops must remain under Washingtonâ„¢s jurisdiction, and it is the US courts where American troops would stand trial.

“Needless to say, we are adamant it has to be the United States of America. That’s the way it is everywhere else in the world,” said Kerry, who discussed a bilateral security deal with Afghan President Hamid Karzai last week.

“And they have a choice: Either that’s the way it is or there won’t be any forces there of any kind,” he went on to say.

During two days of talks in Kabul, Karzai and Kerry agreed on a deal that now has to pass through Afghanistan’s council of public and tribal leaders known as “Loya Jirga.”

Karzai, for his part, is demanding Washington to stop its nighttime raids and boost the Afghan economy.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 under the pretext of war on terror.

The offensive removed the Taliban from power but more than a decade into the US-led invasion, Afghanistan remains gripped by insecurity despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops.

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