Thousands of Afghan elders to decide if US troops stay or go

KABUL: (MEP) – Thousands of Afghan tribal and political leaders will gather in the Afghan capital this week to decide whether to allow US troops to stay after the 2014 drawdown of foreign forces.

The fate of a US-Afghan security deal that will determine whether US forces stay or not is in the hands of 2,500 tribal chieftains and notables who will meet on Thursday for five days of deliberations. Without an accord on the Bilateral Security Agreement, the United States says it could pull out its troops at the end of 2014. (Reuters)

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