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US, Afghanistan Work to Finalize Pact Before Elders Meet

The United States and Afghanistan worked to finalize a crucial security pact on Wednesday, a day before more than 2,500 Afghan elders are due to begin debating whether to allow some U.S. troops to stay in the country after 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai negotiated a draft agreement with U.S. officials. But the tribal assembly, or Loya Jirga must give its approval before the document goes to the Afghanistan parliament for a vote. A key sticking point is whether Washington will...

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