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Obama visits Afghanistan to tour war zone

KABUL, Afghanistan – Associated Press writer NAHAL TOOSI writes about Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama landing in Afghanistan. “This is the start of a tour of combat zones and foreign capitals in which he will visit with U.S. forces in Kuwait and then Afghanistan — the scene of a war he says deserves more attention and more troops.”

Obama was in Kabul as part of an official congressional delegation and then flew to eastern Afghanistan. Staff. Obama and two other senators were making a brief stop in Jalalabad airfield, in Nangarhar province, to visit with soldiers stationed there.

The delegation also met with top military leaders and troops at Bagram Air Base, the main U.S. military base in the country, according to a U.S. military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity because the officer was not authorized to release the information.

This is Obama’s first visit to Afghanistan. John McCain has criticized him for never coming to the war zone, yet being so outspoken and critical of it. His visit is timed to garner votes–it comes less than four months before the general elections. Republican nominee McCain has been there three or four times, all without much fanfare. But the networks are pulling out all the stops for their sweatheart, Obama, and will shed on him plenty of positive coverage and feedback. Who are the other two senators? Why worry about that–Barak is the story. As long as he doesn’t make a mistake, like accidentally kicking a live gernade or falling on the sharp end of a bayonet, he may make considerable headway back home.

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