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Obama in Afghanistan, sees 'light of a new day"

 White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe, center, talks with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., right, and committee ...
 President Barack Obama is greeted by Lt. Gen. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, left, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, second left, as he st...
 President Barack Obama is greeted by Lt. Gen. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker as he steps off Air Force On...
 President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive before signing a strategic partnership agreement, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the presid...
 President Barack Obama addresses troops at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
 President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai shake hands after making statements before signing a strategic partnership agreement at the ...

Obama Afghanistan

White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe, center, talks with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., right, and committee ...

Obama Afghanistan

President Barack Obama is greeted by Lt. Gen. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, left, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, second left, as he st...

Obama Afghanistan

President Barack Obama is greeted by Lt. Gen. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker as he steps off Air Force On...

Obama Afghanistan

President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive before signing a strategic partnership agreement, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the presid...

Obama Afghanistan

President Barack Obama addresses troops at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama Afghanistan

President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai shake hands after making statements before signing a strategic partnership agreement at the ...

On a swift, secretive trip to the war zone, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that after years of sacrifice the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan is winding down just as it has already ended in Iraq. "We can see the light of a new day on the horizon," he said on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.
"Our goal is to destroy al-Qaida, and we are on a path to do exactly that," Obama said in an unusual speech to America broadcast from an air base halfway around the world.
He spoke after signing an agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai setting post-war promises and expectations. With two armored troop carriers as a backdrop, Obama made his remarks in the midst of his endeavor to win re-election as U.S. president and commander in chief.


Updated : 2021-07-30 17:32 GMT+08:00