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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Afghanistan’s president said Monday he told the U.S. national security adviser that he won’t back down from his refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States, but will instead defer it to his successor. Hamid Karzai’s surprise decision to ignore Sunday’s recommendation to sign by an Afghan assembly of dignitaries has cast doubt on the future presence of American and allied troops in Afghanistan. Washington and many Afghans had hoped the pact could be signed to allow troops to stay after 2014 to train soldiers and police to face a persistent Taliban insurgency. Washington has asked him to change his mind. But the mercurial Karzai, in a meeting with National Security Adviser Susan Rice, says he laid out a series of new demands — albeit ones mostly involving steps the U.S. has already said it would take. Karzai’s office said that in the meet...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20131125/NEWS08/311250003

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