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Karzai hedges on Afghan security pact despite assembly backing

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President Hamid Karzai has hedged on signing a vital security pact, putting himself at odds with Washington and an Afghan grand assembly that endorsed the deal setting terms for a future US military presence. 

Members of the Afghan loya jirga, a meeting of around 2,500 Afghan tribal elders and leaders, leave on the last day of the four-day long loya jirga in Kabul on November 24, 2013

The "loya jirga" assembly of some 2,500 chieftains, tribal elders and politicians on Sunday overwhelmingly backed the agreement to allow some US troops to stay on after 2014, and urged Karzai to sign it promptly.

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