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|Afghanistan's president raised another condition Tuesday for a long-awaited strategic partnership with the United States: it must spell out the U.S.'s yearly commitment to pay billions of dollars for the cash-strapped Afghan security forces. The demand both threatens to further delay the key bilateral pact and suggests that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is worried that the U.S. commitment to his country is wavering. The U.S. already pays the vast majority of the budget to train, equip and run the Afghan security forces and expects to do so for years to come, a reflection of Afghanistan's moribund economy. But the U.S.'s yearly Congressional budget process, as well as the American public's weariness with the Afghan conflict, would make it difficult for Washington to commit to a dollar figure years in advance.|
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