Obama to visit Iraq, Afghanistan

June 16, 2008 11:23:40 AM PDT
Barack Obama says he is going to visit Iraq and Afghanistan before the November election. The presumed Democratic presidential nominee says he spoke with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Monday about the war and told him he looks forward to seeing him in Baghdad.

Obama has said before he was considering a trip, but his comment to reporters Monday was his first firm declaration that he will be making the trip. He says more details will be announced shortly.

He says he told Zebari that he was encouraged by the reductions of violence in Iraq, but that as president he will carefully move to end U.S. combat operations in Iraq.

Obama is making campaign stops in Flint and Detroit on Monday.