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Afghan spokesman rebuffs U.S. troop deal deadline

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s president on Friday rebuffed American demands that he sign a security pact allowing U.S. forces to stay in the country for another decade, while the U.S. defense secretary warned that planning for a post-2014 military presence may be jeopardized if the deal isn’t finalized by the end of the year. The stakes are high as Afghan tribal elders and other regional leaders met behind closed doors for a second day to ...

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