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Afghanistan national assembly backs pact with US
Traditional Afghan assembly endorses president's call for security pact with the United States
By The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ' A majority of delegates at a national assembly are endorsing a call by Afghanistan's president for a long-term security pact with the United States.

By midday Saturday, more than two-thirds of the delegates say they will support Hamid Karzai's call for a security pact, but only if the United States accepts some conditions.

The pact will govern the presence of U.S. troops after 2014, when most international forces are to have left or moved into support roles.

The conditions include an end to nighttime kill-and-capture raids by foreign troops, which NATO says is the most effective weapon so far against the insurgency.

The meeting's findings are not binding, but they are likely to bolster Karzai's negotiating position. More than 2,000 people are attending.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ' Afghan and NATO authorities say two Afghan policemen have died in a friendly fire incident outside the city of Ghazni in eastern Afghanistan.

Ghazni provincial governor Musa Akbar Zada says two other policemen were wounded in the incident at a checkpoint Friday.

He says NATO forces were conducting an operation that was not coordinated with Afghan forces. He says that when the coalition forces ignored Afghan police orders to stop, shots were fired and the policemen were in killed in a gunbattle.

The U.S.-led military coalition says a joint Afghan and NATO force called for air support and tried several times to identify themselves as friendly forces.

When they were unable to stop the threat, they engaged in self-defense, killing the two.

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