President Obama arrived in Kabul on Sunday on a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he is expected to address U.S. troops as well as put pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to step up the fight against corruption and drug trafficking. –JCL

The BBC:

US President Barack Obama has arrived in Afghanistan on his first visit to the country since taking office.

During his brief trip, he is expected to press Afghan President Hamid Karzai to do more to tackle corruption and drugs trafficking, officials say.

He is also due to address US forces based in Afghanistan and US officials.

In December, Mr Obama ordered the deployment of an extra 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan and set a date of mid-2011 to begin troop withdrawal.

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