President Obama and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai met at the White House Friday to discuss aid packages and announce that the U.S. military will end its combat mission in Afghanistan this spring, and shift instead to a supporting role. This timeline features an earlier exit than expected by several months.

Joined by Malou Innocent of the Cato Institute, the ‘Real News’ panel discussed the White House announcement Friday, the American objective in Afghanistan, and what’s next for the country itself now that the U.S. is¬†beginning its exit.