US Troops Staying in Afghanistan After 2014 to Get Local Justice Immunity

November 20, 2013

US forces that remain in Afghanistan after 2014 will be under the jurisdiction of the US and not be subject to Afghan courts, according to a draft security deal released by Kabul on Wednesday. The measure has been much-debated between the countries.

The Afghan foreign ministry stated that US forces would keep “the exclusive right to exercise jurisdiction,” on its website on Wednesday. The issue was one of many contentious articles to be resolved before Afghan chiefs assemble on Thursday.

“Afghanistan authorizes the United States to hold trials in such cases, or take other disciplinary action, as appropriate, in the territory of Afghanistan,” the text said. The new pact is to last “until the end of 2024 and beyond” unless either side terminates it.