In a signing ceremony, Obama and Karzai agreed on a strategic partnership that would allow U.S. troops to stay on the ground until 2024. The deal allows Afghanistan to keep control of its country, and doesnt commit the U.S. to any specific troop presence or spending. It does allow the U.S. to potentially keep troops in Afghanistan after the war ends for two reasons, continued training of Afghan forces and targeted operations against Al Qaeda after the completion of NATO's combat role in 2014. U.S. troops to have access to Afghanistan until 2024 - KSWB Frankly there are many opinions on this issue, but my humble opinion on this issue is that we can be in that nation till 2100 and the day we leave it will revert to exactly the way it was the day we entered. That nation or region if you will has been known for it's "tribal" nature and your more likely to have more loyality to the man next door and hate the man 10 miles from you and this has been the same for thousands for years. This concept of "nation building" was not and has been accomplished by anyone in that region from the Persians, Alexander, Russia, Great Britian, former Soviet Union, and any number of nations that have invaded it over thousands of years. After over 1500 plus of our young warriors dead and 15,000 wounded in a nation buliding effort, perhaps we use that skill of those warriors building this nation for the next 10 years rather than one that can never be rebuilt. As for our long term secuirty. with the long reach of US Power containing those who would wish us harm in that part of the world is done with one US Warship or sortie of B-2's from MO. here in the US. In other words these young warriors have done an outstanding job in that part of the world, they have accomplished everything asked of them and destroyed Al-Quida in that region to the point where is a shell of it former self. It's time we honored those young people and brought them home not 10 years from now, but now and concentrate on "building this nation"