TODAY   |  November 21, 2013

Afghan president: Troops could stay for a decade

Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan,told tribal elders that 10,000 to 15,000 American troops could stay in the country for a decade longer before being scaled down.

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>> new details about the number of u.s. troops that will remain in afghanistan after the 2014 deadline and about a letter that has just been released from president obama to afghan president hamid karzai . nbc's richard engel is covering the latest in kabul. richard, groomplt.

>> reporter: good morning. today, president hamid karzai told a gathering of about 2,000 helders that if a joint security agreement is signed that 10 to 15,000 troops, most of them americans will stay in this country for another decade and then gradually start to draw down. the white house is saying that no final agreement has been reached, that this is still a document that has to be approved by the afghan government formally and washington, but today, hamid karzai is prepping his people for almost doubling the length of the u.s. longest war in american history . on that letter, the afghan government published a copy of that letter. it says it's from the white house in which president obama doesn't exactly apologize for past mistakes and abecauses in this country but is very sim pa thet ec to the afghan people and says that in the future, american troops, should they stay behind won't enter afghan homes or carry out abecauses of civilians.

>> richard engel in kabul, afghanistan, thank you so much, richard.