Badass Photos From Barack Obama's Surprise Trip To Afghanistan

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President Obama made an unannounced, at-one-point-denied visit to Afghanistan yesterday to sign a “strategic partnership” with the Afghan government to begin the drawdown of U.S. troops.On the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama told U.S. troops there was ” a light on the horizon because of the sacrifices you’ve made.”

The agreement is designed to send a message to the region that the U.S. is not abandoning the country even as it sharply reduces its footprint there, ABC’s Jake Tapper reported. 

White House photographer Pete Souza was on hand to capture the visit along the way — and as usual his photos do not disappoint.

Aboard Air Force One.

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Touching down at Bagram.

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Talking with Amb. Ryan Crocker on the way to Kabul.

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Arriving at the Presidential Palace.

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The talks begin.

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Sen. Carl Levin and Sen. Jack Reed were part of the visit.

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23,000 U.S. troops will leave by the summer, he said.

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His remarks were delivered back at Bagram.

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Security remains tight.

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The President presented 10 Purple Hearts, three in the ICU.

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One last speech, this time to the nation.

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In three weeks, he will come home to Chicago to attend the NATO summit.

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