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Pence Pays Surprise Visit to Afghanistan to Meet U.S. Troops

  • U.S. has about 14,000 military personnel in Afghanistan
  • Trump released new regional strategy for country in August
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives on stage to address troops in a hangar at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Dec. 21, 2017. 

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives on stage to address troops in a hangar at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Dec. 21, 2017. 

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, a nation where the Trump administration has stepped up involvement in what’s become America’s longest war.

Pence told the troops that “victory is closer than ever before,” adding that U.S. armed forces will remain in Afghanistan until the threat to the homeland is eliminated. Before the rally at Bagram Airfield, the vice president met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the country’s chief executive Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul.