President George W. Bush is headed back to the U.S. after a whirlwind trip to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The president visited the Iraqi capital just 37 days before he hands the war off to his successor, Barack Obama, who has pledged to end it. The president wanted to highlight a drop in violence and to celebrate a recent U.S.-Iraq security agreement.
But what got all the attention was the angry Iraqi TV reporter who hurled his shoes at Bush in a near-miss. Reaction in Iraq was swift but mixed, with some condemning the act and others applauding it.
The president then traveled to Afghanistan, where he was cheered by U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base. Bush also took a helicopter ride to Kabul to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (HAH'-mihd KAHR'-zeye).
After their meeting, Bush said he told Karzai: "You can count on the United States."
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