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Partial accord reached to keep US forces in Afghanistan

But the issue of troop immunity is not resolved

KABUL — After more than a week of hard-line posturing by Afghan and US officials, Secretary of State John Kerry and President Hamid Karzai defied expectations and hammered out key elements of a deal that, if finalized, would keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond next year.

Making the announcement Saturday evening after nearly 24 hours of talks and meetings, Kerry and Karzai said one major issue remained — legal jurisdiction, or immunity from prosecution under Afghan law, for American troops who remain in Afghanistan after 2014.

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