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Afghans back U.S. pact but worry it won't end violence
Afghans back U.S. pact but worry it won't end violence

At least one thing appears to be certain about Afghanistan’s long drawn-out presidential election: The winner will sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States. Both candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have endorsed the pact, which spells out the conditions for any U.S. forces remaining in Afghanistan beyond 2014. President Obama has approved plans for as many as 9,800 service members to stay on after most coalition combat troops withdraw in December. Many Afghans believe the agreement will pave the way for continued international support that could stabilize their nation’s economy and security, both of which have suffered since the election...

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