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Political backlash expected following Afghan bases handover

United States will soon sign the Bilateral Security Agreement

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The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, is likely to bear the brunt of the decision to give military bases to the United States.

President Karzai's chief of staff has said the country will expect an enduring peace and security in exchange for the handover.

Abdul Karim Khoram, speaking to local media, said Kabul would have to live with the hostility of regional countries by allowing the US to maintain a presence on permanent military bases.

Xinhua has reported Afghanistan and the United States will soon sign the Bilateral Security Agreement.

The security pact will first have to be discussed by the country's highest decision-making body, the Loya Jirga.

At this time Loya Jirga members are said to be against the pact which would also give legal immunity for US forces in Afghanistan.

While the US and Afghanistan had been having talks on judicial immunity for American troops, there has been a deadlock.

The US and its allies entered the war in Afghanistan in October 2001.

After more than 11 years, foreign troops have still not been able to establish security in the country.

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