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Obama Surprises Troops in Afghanistan with Memorial Day Visit

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Image: President Barack Obama shakes hands at a troop rally at Bagram Air Field
President Barack Obama shakes hands at a troop rally at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, during an unannounced visit, on Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Evan Vucci / AP

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President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan for a surprise visit Sunday to make clear that the U.S. was likely to maintain a limited role here even after its combat mission ends this year and America's longest war comes to a close.

"America's commitment to the people of Afghanistan will endure," he pledged.

Speaking to troops on this sprawling military base, Obama said the war had reached a pivotal point, with Afghan forces assuming primary responsibility for their country's security.

Image: US troops cheer President Barack Obama during his surprise visit to Bagram Air Field
US troops cheer President Barack Obama during his surprise visit to Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in Afghanistan, May 25, 2014, prior to the Memorial Day holiday.SAUL LOEB / AFP - Getty Images

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