Obama Heads Home After Brief Afghanistan Visit

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) -He told more than 3,500 cheering troops in a hangar at Bagram Air Field that they are making important progress in their mission. And he vowed that Afghanistan will never again be a safe haven for terrorists.

Obama's trip was partly to thank the troops, and partly to help
repair relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

But the White House says Obama wasn't able to make the short additional trip to meet with Karzai in Kabul because the weather was too bad for helicopter travel. Instead, the two leaders spoke by phone.

Obama also met with the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, U.S.
Gen. David Petraeus, and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, and
visited wounded soldiers. He presented five Purple Hearts to
wounded service members.

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