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Bilateral Security Agreement

No deal yet between U.S., Afghanistan on post-2014 pact

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Los Angeles Times, 20 November 2013 An AAN dispatch is quoted here: “The independent Afghanistan Analysts Network, an authoritative Kabul think tank, quoted Karzai’s national security advisor, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, as telling members of parliament over the weekend that the U.S. is requesting independent control of the massive Bagram air field north of Kabul and […]

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On eve of Afghan council, uncertainty over future of military mission

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Stars and Stripes, 20 November 2013 AAN’s Kate Clark is quotes here about the drama potential of the upcoming BSA Loya Jirga: Some analysts see the convening of the Loya Jirga as cover for Karzai to make an unpopular decision — though whether that decision will be to keep international troops or jettison them is […]

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Loya Jirga To Decide Whether U.S. Troops Stay Or Go

Thomas Ruttig

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 20 November 2013 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig gives some backgriund on the institution Loya Jirga in Afghanistan: According to Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, Karzai needs consensus, or at least the appearance of consensus, to ratify the controversial agreement. “Loya Jirgas are seen […]

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U.S., Afghans work toward agreement on night raids

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AP/Military Times, 19 November 2013 AAN is quoted here on the draft BSA introduced to the Afghan parliament: “The independent Afghan Analysts Network, which gave details on Spanta’s briefing, said Karzai also won a key security agreement from the U.S. that promised joint action — political, economic or military — against anyone attacking Afghanistan or […]

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Afghan elders to discuss key security deal with the US

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AFP, 19 November 2013 “Kate Clark, a senior analyst with the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analyst Network, said too much was at stake for the jirga to reject the BSA. ‘On the BSA depends not just US bases and a possible counter-terrorism force, but also the continuing NATO training mission and money for the Afghan security forces,” […]

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Islamisten warnen Abgeordnete: Loya Jirga in Kabul tagt zu künftigem Truppenstatut

Thomas Ruttig

Neues Deutschland (Berlin), 19 November 2013 In a short op-ed article (in German), AAN’s Thomas Ruttig looks forward at the upcoming “BSA Loya Jirga” in Kabul, convened to decide about the future presence of US troops in Afghanistan. He reports about last-minute difficulties on US soldiers’ immunity from Afghan law and about ISAF commander Dunford’s proposal that US […]

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The First Inklings of the Bilateral Security Agreement: Spanta briefs the Afghan parliament

Kate Clark

Both Afghan and United States officials have, until now, been tight-lipped as to what is in the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) – which is to be scrutinised by a consultative loya jirga beginning on 21 November. If signed, it will govern the post-2014 deployment of US soldiers in Afghanistan. On Saturday, 16 November 2013, the […]

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Afghan Talks at Impasse Before Vote, Officials Say

AAN

New York Times, 17 November 2013 "Despite recent optimism about talks over a future American military presence here, two senior Afghan officials said on Sunday that the negotiations [about the US-Afghan BSA] were at a profound impasse", days before the BSA loya jirga is scheduled to meet. "The officials said both sides had refused to budge […]

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Jirga Schedule Set, Karzai Reaffirms BSA Focus

AAN

ToloNews, 13 November 2013 Not much has filtered out yet about the choice of delegates, composition, agenda and so forth of the upcoming jirga that will decided about the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement. Here a few details, like delegates will break up into "17 categories" on the gathering's first day to be briefed about details […]

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Why the Status of Forces Agreement Is So Important for Afghanistan

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Antiwar (blog), 14 November 2013 The blog with the self-explanatory name writes, pointing to and linking with Kate Clark’s dispatch about ‘the problem of US soldiers’ immunity’: The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) meticulously documents numerous cases in which U.S. forces have been credibly accused of war crimes or abuses and do not face punishment [and] […]

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The Counter-Jirga: 3000 participants condemn the US, the Afghan government and the BSA

Borhan Osman

One of the largest anti-American events witnessed over the past years has taken place in Kabul with 3000 politicians, mullahs and students coming together from across Afganistan to voice their adamant opposition to Afghanistan signing a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. It comes just days before the government is due to hold […]

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Karzai passes the buck on US troop ‘immunity’

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Deutsche Welle, 29 October 2013 Discussing the forthcoming Loya Jirga on the Afghan-US Bilateral Strategic Agreement, the German international radio’s website quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the status and importance of the Loya Jirga as an institution as well as on President Karzai’s motivation to call a Loya Jirga on the subject: “The Afghan constitution […]

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