Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan
President in country to sign security pact
President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, on the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, according to ABC News.
The trip saw the president land at Bagram Air Field on Tuesday afternoon, after a flight that was kept secret to protect his safety.
Obama is scheduled to address the nation at 4:30 p.m., Tucson time, after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. troops in Kabul, according to CBS News.
The New York Times reported that Obama is set to sign the Strategic Partnership Agreement with Afghanistan, which will mark the beginning of the end of the more than decade-long war.
The agreement is meant to be a road map for a relationship between the United States and Afghanistan after U.S. troops depart near the end of 2014, according to the current schedule. According to The Times, the agreement pledges U.S. aid to Afghanistan for 10 years after withdrawal, marking a transition from the United States being a military presence to a complicated ally.
The trip comes on the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan.
The Obama re-election campaign has been reminding the public of Obama's decision to go ahead with the raid, amid accusations from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign that the president has been politicizing the issue, according to CBS News.
In an interview with "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday, Romney said, "I think them taking credit for the right decision is entirely appropriate. I think trying to attack me on that basis is disappointing and the wrong course."
The Wall Street Journal noted that the trip comes at a time of tense relations between the US and Pakistan, after violent protests over the accidental burning of Qurans and an Army staff sergeant allegedly killing 16 Afghan civilians in a shooting spree. The latest in a string of scandals was the release of photographs in April, showing U.S. troops posing with the dead bodies of Afghan militants.
This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.