What is a loya jirga anyways?

barfieldChristian Science Monitor
Thomas Barfield, College of Arts & Sciences

A grand meeting of Afghan tribal figures and warlords, over 2,000 people in all, is debating the future of the US military presence in Afghanistan…

Expert quote:

“Only when (Khalilzaid) strong-armed the king into throwing his support behind Karzai did the leadership contest end. The obviously forced nature of the king’s withdrawal and its embarrassing televised presentation undermined Karzai’s legitimacy because to many Afghans it appears that it was the United States that was calling the shots.”

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