BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S and Afghanistan officials say they are confident that tribal elders and the Afghan population will agree to keep U.S. and coalition troops in the country after 2014. They made the comments even as a senior U.S. military official warned of high-profile attacks and assassinations leading up to Afghanistan's presidential election next year.
There is persistent uncertainty about the security agreement, including provisions allowing the U.S. military to continue to conduct counterterrorism operations and ensuring that U.S. military courts, not the Afghans, would maintain legal jurisdiction over forces that stay in the country.
A senior U.S. official said Afghan Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi told U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that he has strong confidence the agreement would be endorsed soon.
Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly on the record.