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Afghan elders endorse U.S. troops’ presence but President Karzai still refuses to sign pact

“An emotional showdown between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and 2,500 tribal elders here Sunday ended with some — but not all — of what the United States was hoping for. The elders endorsed an agreement under which the United States will continue to provide advice and training to Afghan security forces, and conduct counterterrorism operations, after the withdrawal of international combat forces at the end of next year. Although President Obama has yet to indicate the size of a potential post-2014 force, most estimates are that it would include up to 10,000 troops.”

Source: Afghan elders endorse U.S. troops’ presence but President Karzai still refuses to sign pact – The Washington Post

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