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US forces in Afghan after 2014 will not face local justice

AFP | Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 09:30

Kabul: US forces remaining in Afghanistan after 2014 will be subject to American justice rather than local courts, according to a draft security deal released by Kabul on Thursday.

The legal status of US troops was a key sticking point in negotiations over the bilateral security agreement (BSA) that will govern Washington`s military presence after the bulk of NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan next year.

The BSA will be discussed by a grand assembly of tribal leaders starting tomorrow and it must then be approved by the Afghan parliament before it can come into effect.

The draft text published on the Afghan foreign ministry website said Kabul had agreed that the United States should have "the exclusive right to exercise jurisdiction" over its forces in Afghanistan.

"Afghanistan authorises the United States to hold trial in such cases, or take other disciplinary action, as appropriate, in the territory of Afghanistan," the text said.

According to the draft, the deal will remain in force "until the end of 2024 and beyond" unless either side terminates it.

First Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 09:30

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