January 10th, 2011
01:02 PM ET

U.S. VP Biden in Afghanistan on surprise visit

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived Monday night in Kabul on an unannounced visit to meet with top U.S. and Afghan personnel ahead of July's planned start of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, a White House official said.

Biden, whose plane landed at Kabul International Airport at 7:24 p.m., was met on the tarmac by U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Gen. David Petraeus and three Afghan officials, including First Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim.

Biden, Petraeus and Eikenberry then flew in a helicopter to the U.S. Embassy, a 15-minute trip by air followed by a short motorcade, a pool reporter said.

There, the men met so that Biden could get "an update from them on the situation on the ground," a White House official said.

"The primary purpose of the trip is to assess progress toward the transition to Afghan-led security beginning in 2011, and to demonstrate our commitment to a long-term partnership with Afghanistan," a White House official said.

Biden was also scheduled to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. service members and civilian personnel, the pool reporter said.

The White House official said Biden's arrival was a surprise because of security concerns, although Karzai was told about it last week. It is Biden's first visit here as vice president.

There are 97,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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  1. Andrew Lubin

    Now we're going to hear more right-wing bla-bla-bla as to why we can't leave Afghanistan. It just goes on and on while the people of the MIC(military-industrial-complex0 continue to line their pockets! Quite revolting!

    January 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Good post,Andrew. Thank you.

      January 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Quit using my name, you and Andrew are probably the same person, phony boy!

        January 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Are we really,Pfunnie boy? Just because Andrew has no more use for this useless war than I do,it doesn't mean that we're the same person. A lot of people both rightly and wisely oppose this obnoxious war.

        January 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Why do you use my name?

        January 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sanity

      Funny that you mention right wing blah blah blah, but the article is about Joe Biden...a lefty...hmmmm did you even read the article? can you even read?

      January 11, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        Well I can and I know that Joe Biden's a "blue dog" Democrat,meaning thet he's just as far to the right as the rest of the Washington burocrats! Their are no "lefties" there.

        January 11, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Sanity

        What is a 'burocrat'? Did you mean bureaucrat? I guess you read on a 3rd grade level, I can forgive that I suppose

        January 12, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        Sorry Sanity about the misspelling of beaurocrat. After all, we both oppose this useless war and that's what counts.

        January 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    The truth of 360 degrees consists of nothing but hateful liars and killers as you can see from what comes out of their mouths and their conduct within society!

    January 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      If I play it does not give you the right to judge me and then execute me. And please tell me what you mean by play, I mean if I broke the law then I should pay the penalties within humane treatment from the governing power, but if it is God's commandments, with the exception of stealing from or killing another then it is God's judgment not yours and surely you are not the executioner either in any case! If you think you can make the world a better place under sharia laws and punishments you are gravely mistaken! There would be no love only your hatred and hatred towards you!

      January 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      So does the La truth of 360 degrees have the right to judge, convict and punish man or woman for disobeying God's commandments?

      January 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Do you believe that you can rule in this manner in Pakistan with 178 million people and why don't you first start there and leave Afghanistan for their own people to choose the way they want to live?

      January 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      The majority of the people and the government want our help to stop your killing cult from grabbing up power again and terrorizing the people with your public executions of those who committed no crimes deserved of the death penalty! You people show no mercy only hatred for the sinner which is against what Jesus taught and who He died for ON THE CROSS!

      January 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      In your dreams! Before too long all your cult will be hiding in caves from the fire raining upon your heads! Soon even Islam will learn that you need to help others of all different beliefs if you want to get somewhere in this life and the afterlife!

      January 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |