Afghanistan`s Karzai stands alone in high-stakes game with US

President Hamid Karzai`s stubborn refusal to sign a pact that would keep thousands of US troops in Afghanistan after 2014 is a high-risk gamble that Washington will give in to his demands, one that has left him isolated as the clock runs down on his presidency.

Afghanistan`s Karzai rejects elders` advice to back US deal quickly

But Karzai, in his final remarks to the four-day meeting, said he would not sign it until after a presidential election due next April.

US pushes to sign security deal with Afghanistan by year end

US wants Afghanistan to sign the bilateral security agreement (BSA) by the end of this year to ensure smooth post 2014 transition, a top presidential aide has said.

Kerry calls Karzai to hammer out BSA differences

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called the Afghan President Hamid Karzai to hammer out the sharp differences on the bilateral security agreement (BSA) ahead of the crucial Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul.

Afghanistan beefs up security ahead of grand assembly

The Afghanistan government has tightened security ahead of the traditional Loya Jirga or grand assembly of tribal chieftains, notables and government functionaries, due to be convened Thursday to discuss the controversial security accord with the US.

Afghan defence minister says security deal will pass

Afghanistan`s top defence official says he`s confident a security deal on keeping US and other international troops in his country after 2014 will be approved by an important national assembly, the Loya Jirga of tribal elders.

Afghans prepare for meeting on US security deal

Afghan officials say a national meeting to discuss the fate of a future security deal with the US will likely be held in the third week of November.

Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga to decide on US troops deal

President Karzai said it was beyond his “jurisdiction” to decide on the issue and that he would present the deal before Loya Jirga.

Afghan Jirga backs US deal, Washington heartened

Most participants in the Loya Jirga, the four-day gathering, had been selected by government officials.

Taliban reject Afghan-US deal

Loya jirga delegates endorsed a
strategic deal which will govern the presence of
US troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

Insurgents fire rockets but miss Afghan loya jirga

No one claimed responsibility for firing the rockets, but the Taliban had threatened to disrupt the gathering — called a loya jirga.