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Australian Troops In Afghanistan Could Be Granted Immunity

Four hundred Australian troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan after 2014.
Afghan's defense minister says Australian soldiers remaining in Afghanistan beyond this year could be granted immunity from prosecution under Afghan law.

Bismillah Khan Mohammadi was quoted by the "Sydney Morning News" after talks in Canberra with Australian Defense Minister David Johnson.

The two defense ministers discussed a bilateral security agreement spelling out the terms and conditions to allow an anticipated 400 Australian personnel to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014 when most international troops are set to leave.

The issue of who has juridiction over international forces is reportedly one issue holding up a similar bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan and the United States.

Washington wants any U.S. soldiers accused of committing a crime on Afghan soil to be tried under U.S. law.