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BAGRAM AIR FIELD,
Obama, on a surprise holiday
visit to this sprawling military
base, said yesterday he was close
to a decision about the number
of US troops who will remain
after year s end in America s
"We are aware of the sacrifices
so many have made," Obama said
after a briefing by Marine Gen
Joseph F Dunford, the top Amer-
ican commander in Afghanistan.
"We ll probably be announcing
some decisions fairly shortly."
The decision may come
Wednesday when Obama delivers
the commencement address at
the US Military Academy in West
Point, New York.
Air Force One landed at Bagram
Air Field, the main US base in
Afghanistan, after an overnight
flight from Washington.
Obama was scheduled to spend
just a few hours on the base and
had no plans to travel to Kabul,
the capital, to meet with Hamid
Karzai, the mercurial president
who has had a tumultuous rela-
tionship with the White House.
Obama s surprise trip came as
the US and NATO withdraw most
of their forces ahead of a year-
Obama is seeking to keep a
small number of US troops in
Afghanistan beyond 2014 to train
Afghan security forces and con-
duct counter-terrorism missions.
But that plan is contingent on
Karzai s successor signing a bilat-
eral security agreement that
Karzai has refused to authorise.
Ben Rhodes, Obama s deputy
national security adviser, said
Obama had not finalised the troop
decision and no announcement
was expected during the
At least 2,181 members of the
US military have died during the
nearly 13-year Afghan war and
thousands more have been
wounded. There are still about
32,800 US troops in Afghanistan,
down from a high of 100,000 in mid-
2010, when as Obama sent in addi-
tional soldiers to quell escalating vio-
Obama said he saw a poster of the
Twin Towers, downed in the 2001
terrorist attacks, when he arrived at
the briefing building.
"It s a reminder of why we re here,"
This was Obama s fourth visit to
Afghanistan as president, but his first
since winning re-election in 2012.
Rhodes said Obama was passing on
a meeting with Karzai in order to avoid
injecting himself into Afghanistan s
presidential elections. Karzai was given
advance notice of Obama s trip,
Rhodes said, though it was unclear
how far ahead of time.
In addition to the briefing by US
commanders in Afghanistan, Obama
planned to speak to troops at Bagram
and visit the injured being treated at
a base hospital.
Obama was accompanied by a few
advisers, including senior counselor
John Podesta, whose son is serving in
Afghanistan. Also along was country
singer Brad Paisley, who was to per-
form for US troops.
As is typical of recent presidential
trips to war zones, the White House
did not announce Obama s visit in
advance. Media traveling with Obama
for the 13-hour flight had to agree to
keep the trip secret until the president
arrived at the air base.
Obama s visit was taking place
against the backdrop of growing out-
rage in the United States over the
treatment of America s war veterans.
More than two dozen veterans hos-
pitals across America are under inves-
tigation over allegations of treatment
delays and deaths, putting greater
scrutiny on the Department of Vet-
The agency already was struggling
to keep up with the influx of forces
returning home from Afghanistan and
Obama has staked much of his for-
eign policy philosophy on ending the
two wars he inherited from his pred-
ecessor, George W Bush.
The final American troops withdrew
from Iraq in the closing days of 2011
after the US and Iraq failed to reach
a security agreement to keep a small
American residual force in the country.
In the years that have followed the
American withdrawal, Iraq has been
battered by resurgent waves of vio-
US officials say they re trying to
avoid a similar scenario in
Afghanistan. While combat forces are
due to depart at the end of this year,
Obama administration officials have
pressed to keep some troops in
Afghanistan after 2014 to continue
training the Afghan security forces
and undertake counterterrorism mis-
Pentagon officials have pushed for
as many as 10,000 troops; others in
the administration favour as few as
Obama has insisted he will not keep
any Americans in Afghanistan without
a signed security agreement that
would grant those forces immunity
from Afghan law.
US officials had hoped plans a post-
2014 force would be well underway
by this point. But Karzai stunned US
officials this year by saying he would
not sign the security agreement even
though he helped negotiate the terms.
The move signaled that Karzai does
not want his legacy to include a com-
mitment to allow the deployment of
international troops in his country
any longer. (AP)
President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by US Ambassador to
Afghanistan James Cunningham, centre, and Marine General Joseph
Dunford, commander of the US-led International Security Assistance
Force (ISAF), after arriving at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced
visit, yesterday, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. AP PHOTO
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