Trump makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

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November 29, 2019 - 10:17 AM

US President Donald Trump serves Thanksgiving dinner to US troops at Bagram Air Field during a surprise visit on Thursday in Afghanistan. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan to meet with both the country’s president and U.S. troops — saying that peace talks with the Taliban have resumed amid a push for a cease-fire and to reduce U.S. deployment in the region.

The president landed at Bagram Airfield around 8:30 p.m. local time Thursday and greeted U.S. soldiers over a turkey dinner before meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani at the airfield’s Air Force headquarters.

Trump summoned reporters for part of their meeting and said talks with the Taliban are ongoing. The U.S. wants the Taliban to agree to a cease-fire and will continue to reduce its troop commitment to the region, Trump said.

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