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President Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Troops in Afghanistan

President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Friday, telling U.S. troops they are making progress and that they will succeed in their mission.

“Today we can be proud there are fewer areas under Taliban control,” the president said at Bagram Airfield, adding that the progress comes at a high price.

In his second trip to Afghanistan as commander-in-chief, the president said he didn’t need to tell the troops that it was a tough fight and that difficult days are ahead.

The White House said his face-to-face meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul was canceled due to weather,The Associated Press reported.

President Obama had been scheduled to make remarks to the media about the latest jobs numbers, which showed U.S. unemployment rising to 9.8 percent.

We’ll have more on his surprise visit later on The Rundown and on Friday’s NewsHour broadcast.

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