Troops get another visit, this time by Gates
December 7th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Troops get another visit, this time by Gates

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Tuesday to meet with officials and deliver a pat on the back to American troops slugging it out with militants there for more than nine years.

He touched down at Bagram Air Base in a stop made just days after U.S. President Barack Obama's trip to the country and on the same day British Prime Minister David Cameron was traveling there.

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December 7th, 2010
10:36 AM ET

UK prime minister in Afghanistan: NATO goals 'achievable'

NATO's goal of ending combat operations in Afghanistan and leaving security in local hands by the end of 2014 is realistic, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday on his second visit to the nation in 2010.

"It's challenging, but it is achievable," Cameron said. "What I see is actually some grounds for cautious optimism."

Cameron cited the continued training of the Afghan National Army and the nation's police force, noting 500 police officers are coming out of a British-run police academy every eight weeks.

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