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3,000 Afghans protest long-term US deal

By IANS/RIA Novosti,

Kabul : Over 3,000 people, mostly students, staged a protest in Afghanistan against an agreement that would allow a long-term presence of US troops in the country.

A gathering of some 2,000 tribal elders — the loya jirga — approved the idea of such a long-term partnership deal at a conference that ended Saturday.

The demonstrators gathered Sunday in the capital of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan and shouted “Death to America! Death to the government of Hamid Karzai!”.

All international combat troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with security to be passed to the Afghan police and army.

However, the proposed security agreement envisages the keeping of US troops in the country past this deadline.