Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

US opens Afghan talks on long-term troop presence after 2014

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The Guardian, 19 November 2012
‘Afghanistan and the US have opened talks to keep American troops in the country, 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.’, writes Emma Graham-Harrison. And quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig: ‘To be frank, I do not see a way around this. Neither side looks as if they would budge. Particularly for the US, this (waiving immunity) would be unprecedented. The Afghan government might use it to get other concessions out of the US, but I am not sure what they are aiming at.’