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Afghan Tribal Assembly to Decide on Security Accord with the U.S

ArmyChopperAn assembly of Afghan tribal elders will convene next week to examine a security pact between the U.S. and Afghanistan concerning post-2014 U.S. troop presence, Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday.

The article notes nearly 2,500 Afghan civilian leaders will participate in the Loya Jirga forum beginning Nov. 21 and consider whether they should back the presence of some US troops in the country after 2014.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai reached a partial security agreement at a meeting in Kabul last month but the assembly is needed to make any final decisions, according to the report.

The U.S. wants to maintain legal jurisdiction over its armed forces that will stay in the Middle Eastern nation beyond 2014 which is a main sticking point in the potential agreement, according to the report.

AFP reports the U.S. would keep 5,000 to 10,000 combat troops to help train the Afghan army and withdraw 87,000 combat troops by December 2014 if the deal is approved.

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