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Participants listen to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, not seen, deliver a speech during the opening of the "loya jirga," or grand council in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. Afghan President Hamid Karzai called Wednesday on elders assembled for a national conference to help create a fair framework for relations with the U.S. and find a path to peace for the turbulent country. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

Afghan elders' grand council convenes in Kabul

1 January 1970

Afghan president Hamid Karzai told tribal elders on Nov. 16 that partnership with the United States depends on ending unpopular nighttime NATO raids against insurgents and handing over control of detention centers to Afghan troops.