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Afghan elders endorse U.S. security deal as Karzai remains uncertain

An assembly of Afghan elders are ready to make a deal with the U.S. The assembly - known as the loya jirga - voted in favor of a security deal to allow U.S. troops to remain in the country past next year. Now it's up to President Hamid Karzai to sign the pact into law. Karzai, however, appeared uncertain if his final remarks. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) AFGHAN PRESIDENT, HAMID KARZAI, SAYING: "While we're ready to give bases for Americans on our soil, we have a condition concerning security. Security from today onwards meaning from now on American forces are banned from launching operations on Afghan houses." Karzai earlier said he would not sign until after a presidential election due next April. The statement shocked the U.S. and drew criticism from one of his opponents, Abdullah Abdullah, a presidential candidate. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHANISTAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND KARZAI OPPONENT, ABDULLAH ABDULLAH, SAYING: "President Karzai's m

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