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Report: US, NATO Confident in Afghan Security Accord

ArmyChopperThe U.S. and NATO are optimistic that Afghan leaders will approve a deal to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Phil Stewart writes Afghanistan’s tribal elders assembly, Loya Jirga, is scheduled to meet next month to discuss the new bilateral security agreement.

“Im confident we will reach agreement,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters, adding the alliance cannot deploy forces to train the Afghan army without a pact, according to the report.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Reuters Monday the allies intend to keep troop levels between 8,000 and 12,000  in the Middle Eastern nation after 2014.

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