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Obama’s surprise Afghanistan visit

US president Barack Obama has made a surprise visit to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan to address troops ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. Obama spoke to military personnel before meeting many of them personally, and holding longer talks with high ranking officers at the base north of Kabul. He was joined by singer Brad Paisley, who performed during the surprise visit

Obama’s surprise Afghanistan visit
US President Barack Obama does a Hawaiian 'shaka' as he greets US troops during a surprise visit to Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama’s surprise Afghanistan visit
US President Barack Obama greets US troops during a surprise visit to Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama’s surprise Afghanistan visit
US President Barack Obama greets US troops during a surprise visit to Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama’s surprise Afghanistan visit
US President Barack Obama greets US troops during a surprise to Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama’s surprise Afghanistan visit
US President Barack Obama addresses US troops during a surprise to Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama’s surprise Afghanistan visit
US singer Brad Paisley greets US troops during a surprise visit by US President Barack Obama to Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama’s surprise Afghanistan visit
US President Barack Obama speaks during a surprise visit with US troops at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama’s surprise Afghanistan visit
US President Barack Obama arrives to address troops during a surprise visit with US troops at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama’s surprise Afghanistan visit
US President Barack Obama attends a military briefing with General Joseph Dunfore, Commander of ISAF and US Forces Afghanistan, at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, during a surprise trip to visit US troops prior to the Memorial Day holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)