On Christmas visit with troops, Obama lauds end of Afghanistan mission

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet U.S. military personnel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Christmas Day in Kaneohe Bay, HawaiiBy Julia Edwards KANOEHE BAY, Hawaii (Reuters) – One week before the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, thanked American troops on Thursday during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanoehe Bay. One man in the crowd yelled “Huah!”, a traditional cheer of the U.S. military, and the audience applauded as Obama spoke of the United States officially ending its fighting role in Afghanistan after 13 years of conflict. …

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