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Good evening I'm -- -- like with -- many iconic events you probably remember where you worm and what you were doing one year ago.
When you heard that -- -- bin Laden had been killed.
But now an effort that once united Americans has divided some of them.
And today President Obama continued what many feel is a very long victory lap this one extending all the way to Afghanistan.
Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry begins our coverage on the bin -- anniversary good evening it.
Good evening Brett the president will address the American people live from Afghanistan in prime time here 7:30 PM eastern time and in a preview to US troops he again mentioned bin Laden and said while the battle is not over this is the beginning of the end.
Of America's longest war.
We have been able to decimate.
The ranks of al-Qaeda.
-- a year ago.
We were able to finally bring.
Osama -- laden to justice.
Under the cover of darkness President Obama secretly left Washington around midnight for his third unannounced trip to Afghanistan.
A chance to mark the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden though aides insist the real purpose was meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
To sign a strategic partnership agreement.
There will be difficult days ahead.
But as we move forward with our transition.
I'm confident that Afghan forces will grow stronger and the Afghan people will take control of their.
-- the deal covers the US relationship with Afghanistan beyond 2014.
When US combat forces are scheduled delete.
It does not commit the US to a specific level of troops or money.
But guarantees some support from 2014 to 20/20 four to try and prevent al-Qaeda from gaining a foothold again like it did before nine elevenths.
Nor the Afghan people asked for this war.
-- for decades we've stood together to drive.
I'll try to from its campus.
The war was sparked by bin Laden masterminding the 9/11 attacks and the way the president is marking the first anniversary of the terrorist death.
May only intensify Republican charges he's politicizing.
Especially since the White House has been inconsistent.
Last month on the second anniversary of the president signing his controversial Health Care Reform his staff downplayed the silence the anniversary is his.
Not something that the president.
Is going to have an event around but it is quite clearly a major accomplishment this trip comes ahead of the NATO summit the president will holes later this month in his hometown of Chicago.
Put Afghanistan front and center.
A new pentagon report out today about progress over the last six months claims enemy initiated attacks.
9% last year.
And drop by 16%.
So far this year.
Get the report losses over the most important development of the last six months the rise in attacks by Afghan security forces on US and NATO trainers.
Now Republican John McCain who slammed the president for bin Laden campaign ad is praising this trip but McCain is also pressing the president.
To focus on America's commitment to Afghanistan not just the plans to withdraw when he addresses the nation.
In less than ninety minutes Brett.
We'll see that here on Fox News Channel Ed thank you.
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