Now, 2,500 delegates made up of Afghan elders must approve of the deal agreed upon by the U.S. and Karzai.
Should the troops stay, Karzai maintained that not all would be American. Other NATO countries and some "Muslim nations" would also be involved, he said.
A similar deal between Iraq and the U.S. failed in 2011 when Iraq said U.S. soldiers would be held accountable to local courts.
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