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Afghan President Hamid Karzai sought to set limits on what American and NATO troops could — and could not — do in his country Wednesday in a lengthy speech to tribal elders.

“America is powerful, has more money, but we are lions here. Lions have the habit of not liking strangers getting into their house,” Karzai said.

“We want our sovereignty from today. Our relations should be between two independent countries,” he said in a speech that appears to have been designed to boost his nationalist credentials with a domestic audience.

He was also broadly critical of NATO, saying the intended departure of NATO troops in 2014 was “good for Afghans.”

Source: Nick Paton Walsh and Masoud Popalzai for CNN.

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