President Obama Makes a Surprise Trip to Afghanistan

President Obama secretly traveled overnight on Saturday to Afghanistan, landing at the Bagram Air Field on Sunday.

According to the White House Press Pool, Obama is expected to join a Memorial Day weekend rally with U.S. troops.

Country music star Brad Paisley traveled with the president and is scheduled to give a concert for the troops.

Obama is also expected to get an on-site briefing from military commanders and visit wounded soldiers at a hospital on the base.

White House staff requests media outlets to maintain a veil of secrecy when the president travels to war zones, for the sake of security.

In 2003, President Bush surprised the troops with a secret trip to Baghdad to visit the troops on Thanksgiving.

"I was just looking for a warm meal somewhere," Bush joked when he surprised troops of the 1st Armored Division and the 82nd Airborne Division.


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