April 22, 2012 - 10:06 AM
FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 file photo, a member of U.S. special operations forces and an Afghan National Army soldier search for roadside bombs during a joint patrol in Shewan, a former Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan's Farah province. . President Hamid Karzai's office said Sunday, April 22, 2012 that Afghan and U.S. officials have finalized a long-awaited strategic partnership deal. The statement from the presidency says officials from both sides have initialed the document and it is now ready to be signed by the two presidents. The document was initialed Sunday by Afghan National Security Adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)