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Afghan tribal elders agree to US-Afghan security deal

The Loya Jirga, a traditional gathering of Afghan elders, voiced its support for the Bilateral Security Agreement and recommended signature by 2014.

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JC Finley
Residents in traditional dress walk past departing NATO and U.S. military vehicles from U.S. base in Kandahar, Afghanistan at Chaman, Pakistan to the port of Karachi on September 3, 2013. The present 70,000 U.S. Troops will be cut to 34,000 by February 2014, but the NATO commander Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said on September 4, 2013, that there has been no discussions that the coalition would completely withdraw by the end of 2014. UPI/Matiullah
Residents in traditional dress walk past departing NATO and U.S. military vehicles from U.S. base in Kandahar, Afghanistan at Chaman, Pakistan to the port of Karachi on September 3, 2013. The present 70,000 U.S. Troops will be cut to 34,000 by February 2014, but the NATO commander Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said on September 4, 2013, that there has been no discussions that the coalition would completely withdraw by the end of 2014. UPI/Matiullah | License Photo

Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The US Department of State on Sunday applauded Afghan tribal elder support for the US-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement.

The Loya Jirga was comprised of 2,500 Afghan elders acting as delegates to review and approve the deal agreed upon by the United States and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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The State Department noted that the "critical next step" is to get the BSA signed "in short order." The Loya Jirga, in addition to supporting the deal, recommend that the BSA be signed by 2014.

[UPI] [State Department]

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