Thursday, March 2, 2006
Mr Bush helped serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal
Mr Bush spent two hours having dinner with about 600 stunned US troops at Baghdad airport before leaving Iraq.
Even they had not been told in advance that Mr Bush was coming on the visit, the first to Iraq by a US president.
BAGHDAD, Iraq — President Bush assured Iraqis in a surprise visit to Baghdad on Tuesday that the United States stands with them and their new government. “It’s in our interest that Iraq succeed,” he said, seated alongside newly named Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – President Barack Obama slipped unannounced into dangerous Afghanistan on Friday for a hurried holiday season visit with U.S. troops, but plans for a face-to-face meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were abruptly scrapped.
The White House blamed the last-minute cancellation on rough weather. Instead, the two leaders spoke by phone, Obama at the air base and Karzai in Kabul.
Obama's surprise visit, his second to Afghanistan as president, came a year after he widened an ever deadlier war and ahead of the completion later this month of a review of the 9-year-plus conflict.
Under intense security, Obama landed in darkness after a clandestine departure from the White House on Thursday, where plans of his trip into the war zone were tightly guarded. \