Makes surprise visit to war torn country
President Barrack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday which was also the one year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden. This is his third trip to the country as a President and comes amidst his campaigning for re-election. The Republicans will not be too happy with the timing of the trip as they already accuse the Obama campaign of unjustly exploiting the death of Osama bin Laden.
Not a single day longer then required
Obama during a speech at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan promised that US troops would not stay in the country for even a single day longer then required. He also promised to adhere to the 2014 deadline for troop withdrawal. ”We will not build permanent bases in this country, nor will we be patrolling its cities and mountains,” the president said. “That will be the job of the Afghan people.”Obama also promised to finish the job and end the war in responsible fashion.
Direct talks with the Taliban confirmed
Obama also confirmed that the US was holding direct talks with the Taliban in an effort to bring about negotiated peace. “We’ve made it clear that they can be a part of this future if they break with al Qaeda, renounce violence, and abide by Afghan laws,” he said.