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'You will succeed,' Obama tells troops in Afghanistan
| Updated at: 0232 PST, Saturday, December 04, 2010|
BAGRAM AIR BASE: President Barack Obama on a surprise visit to Afghanistan Friday told US troops "you will succeed in your mission," and stressed they were breaking the momentum of the Taliban.
"You're achieving your objectives, you will succeed in your mission," Obama told more than 3,000 exuberant soldiers gathered at Bagram Air Base.
"We said we were going to break the Taliban's momentum. That's what you're doing," he said after touching down at the air base outside Kabul.
But Obama, on his second trip as president to the war-torn country, warned "there are going to be difficult days ahead" in the fight against insurgents, and appeared to choke up as he described a visit to a base hospital where he pinned Purple Hearts on wounded soldiers.
"I don't need to tell you this is a tough fight," the commander in chief said. "I just came from the medical unit and saw our wounded warriors."
"I just talked to the platoon that lost six of their buddies in a senseless act of violence.
"It's a tough business," he said. "Progress comes slow."