Afghan president Karzai announced Friday his intention to negotiate a new status of forces agreement governing US troops, see NYT coverage here.  It is likely that after the Afghan elections we’ll see a new round of negotiations on both the NATO and US SOFA fronts.  While the NATO SOFA is relatively standard, I don’t know if specific concessions were negotiated for Afghanistan as the agreement appears to be classified.  However, as we previously reported, an exchange of diplomatic notes governs US troops in Afghanistan when not operating under the NATO flag.  See prior coverage here and here and copy of the exchange of notes here. 

While the new agreement will likely be less favorable to US military personnel and civilians accompanying US forces, at least it will clarify the status of US forces and accompanying civilians (I hope) as their status under the current agreements is unclear at best.

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