March 29th, 2010
07:58 AM ET

Obama's visit to Afghanistan

[Update 9 a.m. ET] President Obama landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland shortly before 9 a.m. ET, returning from Afghanistan.

President Obama is expected to return to the United States on Monday morning after a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he met with President Hamid Karzai and reiterated the need to wipe out terror networks.

Obama slipped into Bagram Air Base near Kabul under the cover of darkness on Sunday. He met with about 2,000 troops at the U.S. base and told them their work is significant to security at home.

Read the full story and see more photos of Obama's trip

Watch Obama address the U.S. troops: Part 1 | Part 2

Scenes from Obama's trip

Filed under: Decision: Afghanistan • Karzai • Obama • Troops
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. josefina

    this is a reply to #9 your so stupid!!!! obama is screwing us!!!! and were fighting for something that dont belong to us and if the people there dont like what was going on they could of left. Im a spouce of a marine and i hate the fact that i have to worry about my husband everyday!!! the problem with our presidents is that there sticking there nose in things that dont effect us. Also if your so pro obama helping rebuild afghan why dont you take my husbands place instead of sitting behind your computer commenting on the war. the ony effect were making on afghan is making them crazy trigger and bomb happy people mad and the only people theygot to take it out on is our men and women so....mar i think you should lend your country a helping hand and get off the computer and stop sending comments and sit your butt with the rest of men and women in afghan

    May 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Beth Lunsford

    I have the utmost respect for our troops, but no respect for Obama. Sorry, he just doesn't cut it. While our precious troops are willing to take a bullit over there, Obama's doing his best to tear the country apart at home. But don't worry, troops, the American people aren't going to let it happen. God bless all of our Armed Forces!

    April 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Obama is very good president. He is speaking to the Afghanian president about how to prevent corruption and continue to make progress. He is also speaking to him about how to deal with the taliban. He also spoke to him about how to minimize the amount of nuclear missiles that are stationed there at this point!

    March 30, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mar

    To those who opposed the President:

    Are you really going to sit there and dog the US President? He received this country in the worst possible economic state. He inherited the worst debt this country has ever had. And you expect him to walk on water? Let's not forget the reason why our country was in terrible shape. Let's not forget about why we are fighting this war and helping to rebuild Afghanistan. Let's not forget that there were no WMD in Iraq. Maybe you guys should look up the definition of insanity. "Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results". Putting the same Republican guy in the White House will not change anything. Obama IS different. He has a different attitude, outlook, and plan of action. Thank God for that! Let the man work, if he should fail, then complain.

    One more thing...

    If you're not over here on "the other side the wire", then you really don't know the efforts we make in trying to rebuild Afghanistan. You really don't know or understand. Its not something that can be explained, but rather you have to experience it first hand.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Andrew Lubin

    Well said by # 6; President Obama sent 3x as many troops in his first year as Bush did in 8 years. And what a relief he's sending Marines instead of private contractors !

    March 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Macuscassius

    Leisa, please stop blaming the President for not fixing everything the entire Republican party did in the last eight years. the man is working 20 hour days repairing the damage. At least give him a year or two more befor eyou lambast him. By this time in the Bush years, Bush had taken 3 months of vacation and let the worst terrorist attack in American history go down. remeber him sitting there reading about goats?

    This "Wonderfu" President hasn't read about goats. he's busy trying to reclaim your coutnry for you.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DPeterson

    Would Leisa prefer the previous president who sent troops to Iraq with unarmored Humvees?

    March 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sarah

    It's probably too risky for him to enter a "real" warzone where there is active violence. That's probably why it was a "secret" trip, too.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel

    This president has been nothing but a gigantic letdown since he took office.Now he's trying to make himself look good by going to Afghanistan and touting this dispicable war.If this man had one ounce of morality,he'd stop this godless war now and for all.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kim

    Because of him going over there hundreds of soldiers that were scheduled to return home after serving for a year had their flight cancelled and now won't be home til a much later date! He is ridiculous.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Leisa

    Who cares! THIS "WONDERFUL" president is tanking the country with the new health care bill and taking important needs away from our soldiers like ammo, weapons that aren't dinosaurs, and kevlar!! Stop!!!!! Our President gave the lowest raise to our fighting men and women in over 15 years! There are more military families on food stamps and wic than any other population but our husbands and wives will take a bullit to protect OUR great country and her people but the President does nothing for them! What a leader!

    March 29, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Andrew Lubin

    Good to see he made it, but Bagram's hardly a war zone.

    Next time he needs to get down south with the Marines and see how successfully the Marines are using the extra troops he sent. Garmisr – Nawa – Now Zad – Marjah – Well Done, Devildogs ! S/F

    March 29, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |