Triumphant coalition statements about how much Afghanistan has changed should be treated with skepticism.
A grand council of elders in Afghanistan is debating the presence of US troops in the country beyond 2014. What is it and how does it work?
Apparently, today's loya jirga doesn't have final say on whether a deal to keep US forces in the country after all.
Afghan tribal leaders now get to decide whether US troops can stay, balancing the indignity of relying on foreigners with their fear of the Taliban - and their fear of losing US money.