Obama in Afghanistan to Sign Security Pact

The agreement will outline U.S.-Afghan relations beyond the 2014 troop withdrawal date. 

Posted: 05/01/2012 03:21 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan Tuesday night on an unannounced visit on the anniversary of the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Obama is signing an agreement cementing a U.S. commitment to the nation after the long and unpopular war comes to an end. The partnership spells out the US relationship with Afghanistan beyond 2014, covering security, economics and governance. The deal is limited in scope and essentially gives both sides political cover: Afghanistan gets its sovereignty and a promise it won't be abandoned, while the U.S. gets to end its combat mission but keep a foothold in the country.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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