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The US and Afghanistan reached a deal on the text of the Bilateral Security Agreement; the agreement is contingent on approval by Afghanistan's Loya Jirga, which convenes tomorrow. Secretary of State Kerry said the draft agreement provides that US forces would "train, equip, and assist" Afghan forces, but have no combat role. The draft agreement covers a 10-year training and counterterrorism mission likely involving up to 12,000 troops. It also specifies that US military personnel would be subject only to US law, but contractors would be subject to Afghan law.
President Obama pushed for an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, despite criticism that the deal is too lenient. The US said it will extend its deployment of two Patriot missile batteries on the Turkish border for another year; about 400 US soldiers have been manning the batteries in Gazientep. US and Afghan officials claimed that an agreement on the issue of US troop presence in Afghanistan after 2014 is within reach.