Marking the beginning of the end of the war in Afghanistan, President Obama arrived Kabul today to sign a U.S.-Afghan security agreement that lays out the nations’ relationship after the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops in 2014.
As has been the case with other presidential visits to war zones, the trip was shrouded in secrecy. The president moved quickly from Bagram Air Base to Afghanistan’s presidential palace where he signed the strategic partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Obama then quickly moved back to the base, where he delivered a short speech in front of U.S. troops.
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