First watch: Afghanistan agreement could mean U.S. troops stay through 2024

McClatchy Washington BureauNovember 21, 2013 

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Soldiers stand guard in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Nov. 14, 2013. A loya jirga, or grand council, will gather on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, to discuss a security deal with the United States.

CAROLYN COLE — MCT

The United States has reached a tentative agreement with Afghanistan that could maintain an American military presence in the country through 2024.

President Obama sent a letter to President Karzai yesterday that said, in part, "America's role in Afghanistan will be one of a supporting partner." But in presenting the plan to tribal leaders today, Karzai said, "My trust with America is not good. I don't trust them, and they don't trust me." He also said the new agreement should be signed after next year's elections.

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