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Obama vows to end war in Afghanistan

  • U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed to end the war in Afghanistan, speaking during a televised address to Americans back home from a military base in the country.

    Obama’s unannounced visit on Tuesday coincided with the first anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s killing.

    The al-Qaeda leader was killed last year during a raid carried out by U.S. Special Forces on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

    Obama also signed a security pact with his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai.

    The ten-year accord will chart civil and military ties between the two countries after 2014, when most NATO forces are expected to pull out.

    Just hours after Obama’s speech, at least seven people were killed and 17 wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a guesthouse in Kabul.

    The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attacks.