Kabul on alert ahead of a traditional assembly of elders
15 November 2011 Last updated at 17:05 GMT
Security forces are on high alert in the Afghan capital Kabul ahead of a traditional assembly of elders and leaders, due to begin on Wednesday.
The Taliban have threatened to attack the gathering, or Loya Jirga, which is due to be attended by more than 2,000 delegates.
Opponents say the Jirga is a waste of time and money.
From Kabul, Orla Guerin reports.