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Afghan Lawmakers Approve Security Accords with US, NATO

Afghanistan's lower house of parliament has approved agreements with the United States and NATO allowing international forces to remain in the country past the end of this year, amid a renewed offensive by Taliban militants.   The accords permit the U.S. and NATO to keep 12,000 troops in Afghanistan to support local forces. The ratification Sunday followed reports that President Barack Obama has issued new guidelines expanding the U.S. military's ability to confront...

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