Obama vows to end Afghan war

US president Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan yesterday and pledged to bring America’s longest war to a "responsible end" by the end of the year.

Obama vows to end  Afghan war

He promised a decision soon on keeping a small contingent of troops to help protect gains made over nearly 13 years of combat.

He told troops that the war had reached a pivotal point, with Afghan forces assuming primary responsibility for their country’s security. By 2015, many of the 32,800 US forces now in Afghanistan will depart.

“For many of you, this will be your last tour in Afghanistan,” Obama said as hundreds of US troops inside an airplane hangar erupted in applause.

“America’s war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end.”

Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness for his first trip to the war zone since 2012.

He was spending just a few hours on the base and had no plans to go to Kabul, the capital, to meet with President Hamid Karzai.

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