President Obama planned a secret flight to Afghanistan, arriving just afer midnight on Tuesday. He is set to address the nation at 7:30PM EST live from Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama arrives on a top secret flight to Afghanistan Tuesday on the one year mark of the killing of Osama Bin Laden. After arriving, he met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign an agreement which outlines the long-term plan for United States and Afghanistan partnership.
The agreement covers the support established between the two countries and plans for withdrawal of United States combat forces by the end of 2014.
Obama called the signing of the pact a "historic moment for our two nations” and said "I'm here to affirm the bond between our two countries and to thank Americans and Afghans who have sacrificed so much over these last 10 years.”
"Today, with the signing of the strategic partnership agreement, we look forward to a future of peace," Obama announced. "Today we're agreeing to be long-term partners."
After the signing, Obama met with US troops at the nearby Bagram Air Base, where he gave credits to the troops for blunting the Taliban, driving al-Qaida out of Afghanistan and decimating its ranks.
Obama was also quoted in an excerpt released ahead of a televised address that the United States has cleared a path to fulfill its mission in Afghanistan. He is set for an Addressing the Nation speech at 7:30 PM EST where he will tell Americans that after years of war, we can see the light of a new day.