Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

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US President Barack Obama has marked the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death by making a surprise trip to Bagram airbase near Kabul.

As well as meeting the troops, the president also signed a strategic partnership pact with President Hamid Kazai setting out a long term US role in Afghanistan.

The visit included a prime time television address to the American people.

“I recognise many Americans are tired of war. I will not keep Americans in harm’s way a single day longer than is absolutely required for our national security. We must finish the job we started in Afghanistan and end this war responsibly,” said the president.

With Obama seeking re-election, the anniversary of the US operation to kill bin Laden is being depicted as a positive in the administration’s foreign policy.

It also brings full circle the reason why the US went to fight in Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks and draws a line under an unpopular war.