U.S. President George Bush has arrived in Afghanistan to meet with U.S.
troops and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Mr. Bush's plane landed in darkness Monday at Bagram Air Base, north of
Kabul, where he was to hold a rally with U.S. troops.
Speaking with reporters aboard Air Force One, Mr. Bush said the mission
in Afghanistan has not changed. The president said the troops there are
engaged in a quiet surge that has resulted in higher casualties because
they are occupying new areas.
On Sunday, Mr. Bush made another
unannounced visit to Iraq for a farewell visit with troops and
government officials. During a news conference with Iraqi Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki, an Iraqi television correspondent (Montazar
al-Zaydi for Al-Baghdadiya)
called Mr. Bush a "dog" in Arabic and then threw his shoes at the
president. The shoes narrowly missed their target, and security
officials dragged the reporter out of the room, as other Iraqi
reporters apologized. In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a
sign of contempt.
Mr. Bush later joked about the incident, saying he
did not feel threatened.
While in Baghdad, Mr. Bush signed a joint statement with Mr. Maliki
regarding the new U.S.-Iraq security agreement.REST OPT
The U.S.-Iraq security agreement, which Iraq's parliament approved last
month, would have all U.S. troops out of Iraq by 2011.
After leaving Baghdad, Mr. Bush told reporters he had noticed Iraqi
citizens outside at night, including children playing soccer. He also
remarked on how well lit Baghdad appeared at night, a sign of progress
restoring electric service to the city's neighborhoods.