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Afghan president lashes out at US 'threats'
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Afghan women walk past photographs of victims of war on display to mark Human Rights day at the ruined Darlaman Palace in Kabul on December 10, 2013.   AFP PHOTO/Aref KARIMI
Afghan women walk past photographs of victims of war on display to mark Human Rights day at the ruined Darlaman Palace in Kabul on December 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Aref KARIMI
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PARIS: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has lashed out at the United States, accusing it of making threats in the dispute over an agreement to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014.

In an interview with the French daily Le Monde, Karzai says the U.S. is "absolutely" acting like a colonial power in its attempts to force him to sign the bilateral security agreement by the end of this year. The paper quoted him as assaying: "The threats they are making, 'We won't pay salaries, we'll drive you into a civil war.' These are threats."

Washington and NATO officials say the pact is critical to the plan to keep thousands of forces in Afghanistan after 2014 for a training and counterterrorism mission.

 
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