TODAY   |  November 25, 2013

Karzai rejects request to keep US troops in Afghanistan

Over the weekend, officials in Afghanistan endorsed a security deal that would keep United Stations troops in the nation beyond next year, but President Hamid Karzai denied the request. He wants the U.S. to bring more security to the country first. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

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>>> a deal tied to u.s. involvement in afghanistan hit a road block this morning. natalie is here with that.

>> good morning to you all. afghanistan officials endorsed a deal on sunday to enable u.s. troops to operate in the country beyond next year but the afghan president indicated it may have to wait. richard engle is in eastern afghanistan with the latest on this on going debate. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, we just finished a battlefield circulation with commander of u.s. troops in this part of eastern afghanistan . he showed us how afghan troops are now leading the fight and that he used to have about 50 outposts in this area and now american troops only hold about 13 bases including this one. this is one of the so-called enduring bases. bases that could stay on in this country beyond 2014 if the government in kabul and washington approve a joint security deal that could see thousands of american troops staying in this country for years to come. over the weekend, a group of tribal elders in kabul decided they want this deal. they want u.s. troops to stay because it's good for security. it helps the afghan security forces fight al qaeda and fight the taliban but then afghanistan 's president said not yet. he won't sign the deal until the united states shows more signs of good faith and does more, in his words, to bring security to this country. for now it seems this joint security deal and the future of american troops in this country is on hold. natalie.

>> all right, richard engle in eastern afghanistan , thank you, richard .