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Kerry makes surprise Afghan visit

US. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit to see president Hamid Karzai amid concerns the Afghan leader may be jeopardising progress with anti-American rhetoric.

Mr Kerry is meeting Mr Karzai, civic leaders and others to discuss continued assistance to the country. Mr Karzai has infuriated the US by accusing it of colluding with Taliban insurgents to keep Afghanistan weak even as the Obama administration presses ahead with plans to hand off security responsibility to Afghan forces and end Natos combat mission by the end of next year.

Earlier the US military ceded control of its last detention facility in Afghanistan, a year after the two sides initially agreed on the transfer. Mr Karzai demanded control of the Parwan facility, located near the US.-run Bagram military base north of Kabul, as a matter of national sovereignty.

The top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford, handed over Parwan at a ceremony there after signing an agreement with Afghan defence minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi


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