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Afghanistan, U.S. sign long-awaited security pact

National security adviser Mohmmad Hanif Atmar and U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham signed the document

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Afghanistan and the United States have signed a long-awaited security pact that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year.

At a Tuesday ceremony in the capital, Kabul, newly appointed national security adviser Mohmmad Hanif Atmar signed the document along with U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham.

Infographic: U.S. troops in Afghanistan
Infographic: U.S. troops in Afghanistan


President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who was sworn into office a day earlier, told the assembled crowd that the agreement signaled a fundamental shift in the country's relations with the world.

“This agreement is only for Afghan security and stability,” he said.