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Karzai upbeat on US security pact as he returns to Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai was upbeat on his visit to Washington this week, saying his expectations had been exceeded with Afghan authorities gaining more influence over US military operations.”I got what we wanted. We’ve got more than what we expected,” Karzai told a press conference in Kabul of the so-called strategic partnership agreement which he signed with US President George W. Bush Monday. After at least 15 Afghans died in a wave of anti-US protests earlier this month sparked by the alleged abuse of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, Karzai said he had won greater control of US military operations and assurances US soldiers would consult local officials more.Full Story

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