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On the slide: Hamid Karzai balks at deal with US

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai , already seen as an untrustworthy irritant by the Obama administration, startled the world by balking -- at the last second -- over signing a post-war security pact with the United States. The controversial leader is cementing his reputation as unreliable, raising the stakes during a recent face-to-face meeting with National Security Adviser Susan Rice ....