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Obama, Karzai talk but troop deal elusive

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The Pentagon is making plans to transition the military out of 13 years of war in Afghanistan. (Source: FOX) The Pentagon is making plans to transition the military out of 13 years of war in Afghanistan. (Source: FOX)

WASHINGTON, DC (FOX) - President Obama has made a rare phone call to Afghan President Hamid Karzai warning the leader that the U.S. will withdrawal all troops from Afghanistan if the country's government fails to sign a security agreement with America by the end of the year.

That means time is running out for Afghan's president to sign a security agreement with the U.S. that will keep American boots on the ground past 2014.

Even after the rare phone call from Obama to Karzai, a deal does not look very promising.

"The longer we go, the more likely any post 2014 mission will be smaller in scale and ambition," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

The president ordered the Pentagon to make sure plans are in place for a full withdrawal of troops, if a deal is not forged.

Some lawmakers worry the U.S. will be punishing the Afghan people if troop levels shrink too much.

"If that number gets below 10,000,  plus about 3,000 or 4,000 Allied troops,  then I and other people won't support it because that number will get too small to be effective," U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, said.

While those negotiations continue, the Pentagon is making plans to transition the military out of 13 years of war.

"We are no longer sizing the military to conduct long and large stability operations," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

The plan announced on Monday will cut the number of U.S. troops to the lowest levels since World War II.

Some members of Congress believe trimming the military will hurt national security.

"When you take the army down 450,000, 440,000, we have countries like Myanmar with a bigger army," said U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon, R-CA, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Regardless if the deal is signed, the Defense Department will still work closely with NATO allies in order to assist in Afghan security

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