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Obama: This spring 'our troops will have a different mission' in Afghanistan

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Obama said he'd be taking recommendations from commanders on the ground to determine how many — or if any — troops would stay in the country after 2014. In a statement released just moments before the press conference, the White House said the two governments hoped to soon finalize an agreement on residual U.S. troop levels.

Obama and Karzai met privately in the Oval Office earlier in the day, where the two "discussed the possibility of a post-2014 U.S. presence that is sustainable, that supports a capable and effective Afghan National Security Force, and that continues to pressure the remnants of al-Qa’ida and its affiliates," according to a statement from the White House, which said the "scope and nature" would be hammered out in a Bilateral Security Agreement "as soon as possible."

At the press conference Friday, Obama said he would announce the next phase of the drawdown in "coming months."

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