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President Obama will today address the nation from Afghanistan - where he has taken a secret trip to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai exactly one year after the death of Osama bin Laden.
The president arrived in Kabul shortly after 2.30 p.m. to sign an agreement with Karzai cementing the U.S. role in the country after the war ends in 2014.
He will give a speech on the war effort that will be broadcast in the U.S. at 7.30 p.m.
It will essentially give both sides political cover: Afghanistan gets its sovereignty but knowledge it won't be abandoned, while the U.S. ends its combat mission but keeps a foothold in the country.
While the deal does not force the U.S. to maintain an troop presence, it does allow the nation to keep forces in the country after the war ends for training and targeted operations against al Qaeda.
Obama arrived at Bagram Airfield - the main U.S. airbase in the nation - and was greeted by Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.
He then flew by helicopter to the presidential palace in Kabul to sign the agreement with Karzai.
Obama will be in Afghanistan, where the U.S. has been engaged in war for more than a decade following 9/11, for about seven hours.
His speech is scheduled for 7.30 p.m., which is 4 a.m. local time. It will come exactly a year after special forces, on his order, began the raid that led to the killing of bin Laden in Pakistan.
Its message will be that the war is ending on his watch but the U.S. commitment to its ally is not, the Associated Press reported.
Media travelling with Obama had agreed to keep it secret until Obama had flown to the nation's capital, Kabul, where Taliban insurgents launch lethal attacks.
As he battles for re-election, Obama is seeking to portray his foreign policy record, including the killing of bin Laden, as a success - yet it has also come under scrutiny today.
Serving and former US Navy SEALs slammed the president for taking the credit for killing bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign.
The White House is also marking the first anniversary of the SEAL Team Six raid that killed bin Laden inside his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan with a series of briefings and an NBC interview in the Situation Room designed to highlight the ‘gutsy call’ made by the president.
Mr Obama used a news conference to trumpet his personal role and imply that his Republican opponent Mr Romney, who in 2008 expressed reservations about the wisdom of sending troops into Pakistan, would have let bin Laden live.
‘I said that I'd go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did,’ Mr Obama said. ‘If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they'd do something else, then I'd go ahead and let them explain it.'