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US troops can remain after 2014, Karzai says

Afghan leader softens rhetoric

KABUL — Afghanistan is ready to let the United States and its allies keep military bases here after the end of the NATO combat mission next year, President Hamid Karzai said Thursday, offering a concrete public signal that foreign troops would remain welcome in the coming years.

The United States and Afghanistan are negotiating a security agreement that would allow US forces to stay here beyond the end of 2014, and Karzai said the Obama administration has asked for nine bases spread across the country.

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