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Afghan defense minister confident security deal on US troops will pass national assembly
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 8:55 AM EDT
Afghanistan's top defense official says he's confident a security deal on keeping U.S. and other international troops in his country after 2014 will be approved by an important national assembly, the Loya Jirga of tribal elders.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has insisted the bilateral security agreement he agreed to in principle with the U.S. this month be vetted by the Loya Jirga.
The deal would allow American forces to stay after combat troops in the NATO-led military coalition depart at the end of 2014.