President Barack Obama said Thursday that the United States is "on track to achieve its goals in Afghanistan" but that the gains in many areas are fragile and reversible.

Obama said the United States is on course to begin withdrawing some U.S. troops next July, as he introduced a new, classified assessment of the Afghanistan war.

Atia Abawi, NBC News' Afghanistan correspondent, responded to readers' questions about the war in Afghanistan and the new U.S. report. Replay her chat below.

Chat with NBC's Afghanistan correspondent

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