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Only Afghan parliament can decide on US troops immunity

Immigration News of the National Front — main political opposition coalition of the Afghan government opposed with the grand assembly (Loya Jirga) to discuss US troops immunity in Afghanistan.

Ahmad Zia on Saturday said organizing grand assembly to decide over US troops immunity in the presence of Afghan parliament is against the Afghan constitution.

However Afghan president Hamid Karzai said US troops immunity will be decided by Afghan tribal elders during a national grand assembly.

Karzai said, a decision on immunity for U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan after the 2014 planned withdrawal will be made by the end of the year.

The Afghan government rejected an initial U.S. proposal regarding the question of immunity and a second round of negotiations will take place this year in Kabul, he said.

This comes as the U.S. and its NATO allies revealed Friday they may keep as many as 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends next year, largely American forces tasked with hunting down remnants of al-Qaida and helping Afghan forces with their own security.

However the Obama administration has not said how many troops or diplomats it intends to keep in Afghanistan after 2014; it is in the early stages of negotiating a bilateral security agreement with Kabul that would set the legal parameters.

There currently are 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, down from a 2010 peak of 100,000.

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