Democracy Now: Obama Pays Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday to sign a strategic agreement with the Afghan government and deliver an election-year address touting the end of a more than decade-long war. The Strategic Partnership Agreement signed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledges U.S. support for Afghanistan for 10 years after the withdrawal of the last U.S. soldiers at the end of 2014. In an address to the U.S. public from Afghanistan, Obama said the war will one day come to an end.

President Obama: “Today I signed a historic agreement between the United States and Afghanistan that defines a new kind of relationship between our countries, a future in which Afghans are responsible for the security of their nation and we build an equal partnership between two sovereign states, a future in which war ends and a new chapter begins.”

Hours after Obama’s departure, the Taliban claimed responsibility for several bombings in Kabul that killed at least seven people.


~ by wheresthemic on May 3, 2012.

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