U.S. begins talks on long-term troop presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014

Afghanistan and the US have opened talks to keep American troops in the country after most Nato forces go home in 2014, but the thorny question of immunity for American soldiers, which in effect ended the US role in Iraq last year, is likely to prove a stumbling block.

The issue has been thrown into sharp relief by the Seattle trial of the US army staff sergeant Robert Bales, who is accused of the massacring 16 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, during a shooting spree at their homes in March. US prosecutors are seeking the death penalty but many Afghans, including some of the victims’ relatives, want to see him brought before one of their own courts. …

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/19/u-s-begins-talks-on-long-term-troop-presence-in-afghanistan-beyond-2014/

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