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United States and Afghan officials speaking to the AFP news agency have said that the issue of residual US forces in Afghanistan past the December 2014 withdrawal date for international troops has not yet been resolved.

"Anything having to do with the continued presence of US forces and the roles that they will play will be negotiated separately after the strategic partnership agreement," US embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall told the AFP.

For the United States troop immunity will be a sticking point in any negotiations about residual forces in Afghanistan past 2014. 

The issue of legal immunity for those troops "is definitely one of the issues, among many others, that will be discussed with the Americans", a senior Afghan government official told the AFP on condition of anonymity.

The official pointed out that at a loya jirga - grand assembly - last year, there was a demand for US troops to be liable to prosecution in Afghan courts for their actions.

The AFP has cited an inability by Washington to gain immunity for its troop by Baghdad as a reason for the US not leaving a residual force after the final December 2011 pullout of US forces in Iraq.