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Karzai rejects assembly’s call to sign US deal immediately

Says he’ll reopen the negotiations; demands end to raids on homes

KABUL — An angry President Hamid Karzai, at times openly hostile to his US allies, on Sunday rejected the final recommendation of a four-day Afghan grand assembly that he should promptly sign a security agreement with the United States.

Even though he had convened the assembly, or loya jirga, to ratify his decision to sign the agreement, Karzai told the assembled elders that he would do so only after further negotiations.

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