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PublishDate: Saturday, October 19, 2013 17:38

Preparation for meeting to discuss future security deal with U.S

The U.S. wants to keep as many as 10000 troops in the country to train and mentor the Afghan national security forces and go after the remnants of al Qaeda.

The Loya Jirga to discuss the fate of a future security deal with the United States will be held in the third week of November, officials said Saturday. The key gathering will decide if America and its allies will keep troops in Afghanistan after 2014 or pack up and leave.
Sadeq Mudaber, a member of the convening commission, said that the consultative assembly of tribal elders, or Loya Jirga, will start at some point between Nov. 19 and 21 and could last as long as a week. He expected up to 3000 people may attend.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Hamid Karzai a week ago reached an agreement in principle on the major elements of a deal that would allow American troops to stay after combat troops serving with a NATO-led international military coalition depart at the end of 2014.
If the Loya Jirga decides to tell Karzai that it is against American demands that U.S. military courts and not Afghan ones have jurisdiction over any crimes committed by its forces serving here, then it is extremely unlikely that Karzai will sign the deal. If they agree, then the bilateral security agreement will be sent to parliament for approval.
The U.S. wants to keep as many as 10000 troops in the country to train and mentor the Afghan national security forces and go after the remnants of al Qaeda, but if no agreement is signed, all U.S. troops would have to leave by the end of next year.
(CTV News)

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