U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has met with U.S.
military commanders in Afghanistan, at the start of an international
tour designed to boost his foreign policy credentials.
Obama visited Bagram air force base in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday as part of a congressional delegation that includes two
other U.S. senators, Republican Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Democrat
Jack Reed of Rhode Island.
The U.S. military says commanders briefed
the lawmakers about the war effort.
Afghan officials say Obama will meet with President Hamid Karzai during
He is also expected to travel to Iraq.
Before his trip, Obama told reporters he wanted to talk with commanders
in both major war zones to get a sense of their concerns.
Obama has suggested withdrawing troops from Iraq and increasing the
military presence in Afghanistan, which he says is more important in
the fight against terrorism.
In a radio address today, Republican candidate John McCain criticized
Obama for announcing a war strategy before his trip.