President Barack Obama is telling Afghan leaders
they need to do more to rein in rampant corruption and improve
On an unannounced visit to Afghanistan's capital, Obama is
getting a firsthand look at the 8-year-old war he inherited and
After a brief meeting with President Hamid Karzai at the
presidential palace in Kabul, Obama praised recent steps in the
military campaign against insurgents, but added that the Afghan
people need to see conditions get better.
Initially, the White House said Karzai had been informed of
today's visit just an hour before Obama arrived. But Obama's press
secretary, Robert Gibbs, said later that the Afghan government was
told about the trip on Thursday.
The White House says Obama invited Karzai to visit Washington in
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