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Laura Bush pays visit to Kabul

June 08, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

First Lady Laura Bush made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan today with an appeal to the international community not to abandon the war-torn country in the face of resurgent Taliban violence.

She flew into Kabul for an 8 1/2 -hour trip to a place that her husband has declared a main front in the battle against Muslim militants.

Laura Bush depicted her visit as a chance to showcase "hopeful signs" of reconstruction and improved women's rights.

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