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TODAY   |  February 26, 2014

Obama gives Afghanistan ultimatum on US troops

President Obama told Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai to sign an agreement to ensure the safety of any remaining U.S. troops, or all of them are coming home by the end of this year. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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>>> meantime, the president is talking tough when it comes to u.s. troops overseas.

>> that's right. president obama now drawing a line with afghanistan telling hamid karzai , sign an agreement to ensure the safety of any remaining u.s. troops or all of them are coming home by the end of this year. the story from kabul.

>> reporter: natalie, general dempsey will be meeting here today at bagram air base . and clearly, they're going to talk about president obama 's order to come up with plans to pull all american forces out of afghanistan by the end of this year. now, general dempsey told us that he could not in good conscience order u.s. men and women into afghanistan if there was no bilateral security agreement that would protect them. general dempsey worries, though, that al qaeda is still alive and active here in afghanistan . and he's concerned that if the u.s. leaves, they'll be leaving that part of the job undone. and while general dempsey would clearly like to keep a small, residual american force here in afghanistan , there is indeed a growing sentiment among some u.s. military officials both here and in afghanistan and back in washington, that now may be the best time ever for the u.s. to pick up and pull out of afghanistan .