A grand assembly of 2,500 Afghan elders and officials, called the loya jirga, on Thursday began debating a newly forged agreement to allow U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014.
Nov. 21, 2013Members of the loya jirga meet in Kabul. Afghan President Hamid Karzai told them Thursday that he supports the new agreement to allow U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014, but he also said he won’t sign the deal until after presidential elections on April 5, when voters will choose his successor.Omar Sobhani/Reuters
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