President Donald Trump Makes Surprise Visit to U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter
November 28, 2019
President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to U.S. troops stationed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving. The trip comes almost one year after Trump made a similar surprise visit to troops stationed in Iraq.
The trip is Trump's first visit to the country where about 13,000 U.S. personnel are stationed as part of a NATO mission to train, advise and assist local forces in the region as well as carry out counter terrorism operations. . The war in Afghanistan began in 2001 and has become the longest in America's history, claiming some 147,000 lives, which includes around 3,500 coalition forces.
The president hinted at a possible deal that could bring the war to an end during his speech to the troops.
Trump told the troops at Bagram that "the Taliban wants to make a deal. We'll see if they want to make a deal. It's got to be a real deal, but we'll see. But they want to make a deal."
The visit comes after Trump canceled peace negotiations with the Taliban in September after a U.S. service member was killed in a suicide attack in Kabul.
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