Accessibility links


President Obama Returns Home After Afghanistan Visit

President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One, 04 Dec 2010, after his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base. Obama was returning from an unannounced trip to Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama returned to Washington Saturday, following a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he visited troops and spoke with Afghan leaders.

Mr. Obama told U.S troops Friday at Bagram air base outside Kabul that the United States will not let Afghanistan be a safe haven for terrorists to attack America.

He said the troops are making progress against the Taliban and will succeed in their mission.

The president landed unannounced in Afghanistan Friday for an almost four hour visit, days before the White House is set to release a much anticipated review of the increasingly unpopular war.

Bad weather forced the White House to cancel plans for the president to meet face-to-face with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. He instead held a phone conversation with Mr. Karzai from the air base.