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Delegates back Karzai’s security plans

Favor presence of US military for long term

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) and Vice President Mohammad Qaseem Fahim during the last day of a four-day meeting with tribal elders and leaders in Kabul. Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) and Vice President Mohammad Qaseem Fahim during the last day of a four-day meeting with tribal elders and leaders in Kabul. (SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
By Rod Nordland
New York Times / November 20, 2011

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The grand council of Afghan delegates known as the loya jirga drew to a close yesterday, choosing to support President Hamid Karzai’s vision for negotiating a strategic agreement that could keep a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. For the past four days, more than 2,000 delegates, including elders, local and regional leaders, and government officials, met to discuss some of the country’s weightiest issues, including the negotiations with the United States and another debate about how to start peace talks with the Taliban.

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