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Afghans protest long-term US presence

By Associated Press
November 21, 2011

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More than 1,000 university students blocked a main highway in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday to protest any agreement that would allow U.S. troops to remain in the country after a planned transfer of authority in 2014. An assembly of more than 2,000 tribal elders and dignitaries over the weekend endorsed negotiating a security pact with Washington, though they also backed a series of conditions proposed by President Hamid Karzai including the end of night raids by international troops and complete Afghan control over detainees.

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