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Weary US Congress may hold key to Afghanistan security

US soldiers inspect the scene of a suicide attack outside a base in Zhari district, Kandahar province on January 20, 2014The United States hopes to maintain a military presence in Afghanistan after 2014 but Kabul’s future security could hinge on the US Congress’s willingness to keep bankrolling the mission, analysts say. The departure from power of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who leaves office after elections Saturday, should pave the way for Washington to forge an agreement over US troops with his successor. Karzai angered the US last year after refusing to ink an agreed Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) which would see around 10,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan after this year on a training and counter-terrorism mission.

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