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US Defense Secretary Given Assurances on Afghan Security Deal

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Afghanistan's defense minister has assured him a security pact with the United States will be signed in a "timely manner." Hagel made the remark after meeting with Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi during a visit to Kabul Saturday. Secretary Hagel also said he did not plan to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, and that he never received an invitation to do so. "I never asked for a meeting with...

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