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US Signs Security Agreement with Afghanistan

Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar (R) and US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham (L) sign documents as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (2R) and Afghanistan's new Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah (C) look on at the Presidential Palace in

09/30/2014
US officials are calling the agreement, “an important step in strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries.” The signing comes just three months before U.S. and NATO forces are set to officially end military operations in the country. More

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    US officials are calling the agreement, “an important step in strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries.” The signing comes just three months before U.S. and NATO forces are set to officially end military operations in the country. More

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