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Afghan Chief of Protocol to the Foreign Ministry Hamid Siddiq, second from left, walks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Ershad Ahmadi as Kerry arrives for a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace during an unannounced stop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday.

Kerry says partial Afghan security deal reached

KABUL, Afghanistan – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a partial agreement has been reached with Afghanistan on a security accord but the potentially deal-breaking issue of jurisdiction for American forces remains unresolved.

Kerry told a news conference Saturday that if there is no deal on the issue there will not be an agreement to allow American troops to remain in the country after the NATO-led military mission ends next year.

President Hamid Karzai says that he will let a national council of elders and then parliament decide on the issue of who has jurisdiction for any crimes committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan after 2014.

Kerry says jurisdiction is not an issue of immunity and the U.S. will prosecute any wrongdoing by American forces.

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