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Afghan Assembly Approves Security Plan, But Karzai Delays

Afghanistan's Loya Jirga resoundingly approved an agreement to allow up to 9,000 U.S. troops to stay in the country after the NATO mission ends next year. But President Hamid Karzai said he won't sign the deal, at least, not yet.
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In Afghanistan, Tribal Elders Get A Say In Security Pact With U.S.

In Afghanistan, a grand assembly of some 2,500 tribal elders, politicians and civil society elites are meeting to decide whether to approve a security agreement with the United States. Approval by the grand assembly, called a loya jirga, would be in addition to the OK of the Afghan government. But as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has noted, the agreement can't go forward without the backing of the Afghan people. The security agreement would allow as many as 9,000 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after the current NATO mission ends next year. Those troops would continue to train Afghan forces, but also conduct limited counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida fighters.
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Everything You Wanted To Know About An Afghan Loya Jirga

President Hamid Karzai has called together this "grand assembly" of Afghan elders and community leaders to help decide the future role of the U.S. military in the war-ravaged country.
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Obama Says U.S. Will Respect Afghan Sovereignty

Afghan and U.S. officials have agreed on a draft security pact, but Afghan elders are debating whether to approve it. President Obama has told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. would conduct raids on homes only under "extraordinary circumstances."
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Afghans Debate Future U.S. Military Presence

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has convened an assembly of tribal and religious leaders to debate a proposed security pact with the United States. The accord would allow some U.S. forces to remain in the country following the completion of NATO'S withdrawal at the end of 2014.
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Hamid Karzai Lives In A 'World Of Paranoia And Conspiracy'

Steve Inskeep talks to William Dalrymple about his upcoming piece in The New York Times Magazine entitled: "How is Hamid Karzai Still Standing?" Dalrymple recently wrote the book, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42.
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U.S., Afghanistan Reach Tentative Security Pact

The agreement involves a continuing role for U.S. troops beyond 2014 — to train, equip and assist Afghan forces.
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Afghan Elders Will Decide Future Of U.S. Troops After 2014

Some 3,000 Afghan elders will assemble on Thursday in Kabul to consider a new security agreement with the U.S. The document will spell out the rules for American forces in Afghanistan troops after their combat mission ends in December 2014. U.S. officials say between 6,000 and 9,000 US troops would remain to train Afghan security forces and conduct counter-terror missions against al-Qaeda and other anti-government forces. That counter-terror mission remains a sticking point, though most other issues — like potential criminal liability of Americans in Afghanistan — have been resolved.
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How Will Afghan Forces Fare As NATO Troops Draw Down?

The onset of winter in Afghanistan usually means an end to the so-called fighting season. That may not hold this year as the Taliban vow to pursue an aggressive campaign in advance of a presidential election.
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Suicide Bombing Causes Multiple Deaths In Afghanistan

The explosion happened near the site of an upcoming gathering of Afghan elders. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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