Confusion persists before historic Afghan meeting
A four-day Loya Jirga, or Grand Council, is gathering from Wednesday in Kabul to discuss the future of America's military presence in Afghanistan, after foreign forces leave the country in 2014.
Almost 2,300 delegates, mainly tribal elders and local power brokers, are expected to deliberate on key issues, including the peace process with the Taliban, under a large tent in the capital.
The event being convened by President Karzai takes place amidst tight security. The Taliban, an insurgent group, has threatened to attack the assembly and kill participants.
Kate Clark from the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a think tank, says although most of the delegates have arrived, there is still much confusion over the purpose of this historic gathering. She spoke to Aditya Mehta.