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Biden makes surprise visit to Afghanistan, will meet with Karzai

KABUL, Afghanistan — Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Afghanistan on Monday for a series of meetings meant to gauge the progress toward a drawdown of U.S. forces later this year and an eventual handoff of security responsibilities to the Afghans.

Biden will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai today and will tour an Afghan national army training center, according to Obama administration officials.

The trip, unannounced for safety reasons, is Biden's first visit to the war zone since becoming vice president. He was greeted by U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the war effort. They later spoke privately for nearly two hours at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

Afghan officers killed: A NATO airstrike in central Afghanistan killed three Afghan police officers who were mistaken for insurgents, the coalition said Monday. The strike was at least the fourth incident in a month in which coalition troops mistakenly killed civilians or friendly forces, the Associated Press reported.

Suicide bombing: A suicide car bomber struck a police convoy Monday in Spin Boldak, killing at least two officers and a civilian, a provincial official said.

Biden makes surprise visit to Afghanistan, will meet with Karzai 01/10/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:54pm]
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