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The launch of Connect the World with Becky Anderson in Abu Dhabi came just a day after the people of Afghanistan defied Taliban threats and headed to the polls in their millions. Becky sat down with members of Dubai's Afghan community at a local cafe to find out whether they believe people power can ultimately defeat the militants.
The United States and Afghanistan have reached a deal on the final language of a bilateral security agreement, guiding the role of American troops in that south Asian nation for years to come, America's top diplomat said Wednesday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he reached the accord with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday.
Afghan leaders will hold a meeting - known as a loya jirga, or grand assembly - starting on Thursday to decide whether to accept or reject the deal, which lays out a limited support role for American forces beyond next year.
"They have to pass it," Kerry said. " It's up to the people of Afghanistan."
If approved, the agreement would go into effect January 1, 2015, and last "until the end of 2024 and beyond, unless terminated" by mutual agreement and with two years notice by either party, according to a copy of the deal posted online Wednesday by the Afghan government.
The subject of military raids and strikes has long been a sore point between the two countries, especially given a number of incidents in which noncombatant men, women and children have been killed.
CNN's Elise Labott explains the deal that will allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan for security purposes.
Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose 36% this year, according to a survey released Wednesday.
Almost 90% of opium was cultivated in nine provinces in the south and the west, which include the most insurgency-ridden provinces in the country, the report said.
The report, the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey, was released in Kabul by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
"As we approach 2014 and the withdrawal of international forces from the country, the results of the Afghanistan Opium Survey 2013 should be taken for what they are – a warning, and an urgent call to action," the UNODC chief said.
Max Foster looks at Afghanistan's surging opium poppy production with Angela Me from the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime and CNN's Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson.