May 25 - During a surprise visit to Afghanistan, U.S. President Barack Obama says he will make an announcement on troop presence in the country. Gavino Garay reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a surprise visit to Afghanistan, thanking troops for their service on what is Memorial Day Weekend in the United States. During his brief trip, he said his administration would announce soon exactly how many U.S. troops would remain in the country. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We are now in the process of transition. I've been getting constant updates from General Dunford about the progress we have made. We've seen an election in Afghanistan, at least in the first round, go successfully. I am going to have to make some decisions in conjunction with the folks on the ground about how we manage to transition not just through the end of this year but post 2014 and we will probably be announcing some decisions fairly shortly but I thought it was important for me to make sure that I checked in directly with folks face-to-face before those decisions were finally made." It's Obama's fourth visit to Afghanistan. He had no plans to visit the Afghan capital Kabul or to meet with President Hamid Karzai.