Monday, March 29, 2010

Obama pays surprise visit to Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to Kabul yesterday where he met Afghan President Hamid Karzai and spoke to American troops, saying difficult days lie ahead in the bloody eight-year-old war. The visit, which came three months after he ordered a surge of 30,000 troops, was shrouded in secrecy for security reasons.

During his meeting with Mr Karzai, Mr Obama put across the urgency to crack down on corruption, and make a concerted effort in improving the judicial system and governance.

Later addressing about 2500 US forces, Mr Obama said difficult days lie ahead in the 8-year-old war. He also said that there will be "setbacks" but the US will not quit and will prevail. The US President has left Afghanistan flying back home aboard Air Force One.

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