Saturday, July 19, 2008

Barack Obama tours Afghanistan war zone

Sen. Barack Obama visited Kuwait and Afghanistan as part of an official congressional delegation and kicking off his tour of foreign countries.

Obama hopes to visit Jalalabad airfield, if the weather permits, and he will meet with President Hamid Karzai during his stay in Afghanistan.

The Illinois senator is traveling with Sens. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican and Jack Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island, both of whom are war veterans.

"This is a war that we have to win," he said. "I will send at least two additional combat brigades to Afghanistan, and use this commitment to seek greater contributions — with fewer restrictions — from NATO allies. I will focus on training Afghan security forces and supporting an Afghan judiciary, with more resources and incentives for American officers who perform these missions," Obama said in a speech earlier this week.

He is also expected to visit Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, traveling on a jet chartered by his presidential campaign, before returning to the United States.

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