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Hagel Given Assurances on Afghan Security Deal

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Afghanistan's defense minister has assured him a security pact with the United States that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has not yet signed will be signed in a "timely manner."Hagel met with Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammad in Kabul Saturday. The U.S. defense secretary said he had no plans to meet with President Karzai. Hagel said Afghanistan's grand assembly, or Loya Jirga, has urged Mr. Karzai to sign the pact."The...

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