President Obama zipped through Afghanistan Tuesday on a previously unannounced visit, signing a key partnership document with Afghan President Hamid Karzai as he prepares to deliver an address to the nation on the anniversary of Usama bin Laden’s death

Alongside Karzai on Tuesday, Obama declared, “Together, we’re now committed to replacing war with peace.”

The visit signals the wind-down of the war, and effectively allows the president to claim in his re-election campaign that he guided the end of two wars. It also comes as Obama faces criticism for a recent campaign video which touted his decision to approve the bin Laden raid and questioned whether Mitt Romney would have done the same.

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