(NBC News) President Obama announced Tuesday a final withdrawal plan for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Speaking at the White House, the president said U.S. combat missions in Afghanistan will be over by the end of this year.
The United States will keep a contingency force of 9,800 troops beyond 2014, mostly in Kabul and on Bagram Air Base.
The president said all American troops will be pulled out of the country by the end of 2016.
The troops will remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014 only if a bilateral security agreement is signed between the United States and Afghanistan.
-- Steve Handelsman reports