Afghan elders fear tragedy if U.S. leaves too soon
"Most of the people are afraid that if the Americans are leaving Afghanistan it might be the start of another tragic time for the Afghan people with moncler jackets here," said Safia Sediqi, spokeswoman for the loya jirga.
Today, more than 2,000 Afghan leaders from around the country will begin a four-day meeting on the future of the nation's relationship with the United States and talks with the Taliban and other insurgent groups.
Though not an official body like the elected parliament, the jirga is a traditional gathering used to gauge the feelings of tribal leaders whose authority is widespread outside the capital.
President Hamid Karzai has said he wants to know what the leaders think about allowing U.S. troops to remain in the country perhaps beyond the tentative withdrawal date at the end of 2014. He intends to ask the leaders about reconciliation talks with the Taliban, the Muslim clerical movement that imposed harsh Islamic law on Afghanistan until it was ousted by a U.S.-led invasion in 2001 moncler women jackets.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said discussions were ongoing with the Afghan government about the roughly 100,000 troops in the country and what role the military will play in Afghanistan's future. NATO plans to pull out of Afghanistan in 2014 as long as security conditions are satisfactory.
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None of the tribal elders questioned wanted U.S. forces out of the country immediately. Some said they hoped for an end to patrols but would like the troops to be around in bases as a deterrent against insurgents and unwanted influence from Pakistan and Iran.