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Nov 21, 2013 11:34 AM by Associated Press

Karzai wants to hold off on signing security death with US

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is offering assurances to the president of Afghanistan, on the activities of U.S. troops who will remain in Afghanistan after next year.

In a letter to Hamid Karzai, Obama says the U.S. will continue to respect "Afghan sovereignty," and that troops won't conduct raids on Afghan homes except in "extraordinary circumstances."

But a new security agreement between the two countries might not be signed right away. Karzai says if it's approved by Afghan officials, it should be signed by his successor after next spring's elections.

He says he doesn't trust the United States, and the delay will allow more time to test U.S. intentions.

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