Cheney in Afghanistan to Bolster Government

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, right, speaks to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney during a meeting at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 20, 2008. Cheney met with Karzai on Thursday to discuss ways the country's fragile government can counter rising threats from al-Qaida and Taliban militants.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, Pool)
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Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) Vice President Cheney has arrived in Afghanistan.

His visit is aimed at bolstering the country's fragile government in the face of rising threats from Al-Qaida and the Taliban. Aides say he also wanted to compare notes with president

Hamid Karzai on the upcoming NATO summit. The U.S. has been pushing the military alliance for more help in Afghanistan.

Cheney traveled to the afghan capital from Oman and went immediately to the presidential palace for talks with Karzai. No reports on the trip were allowed until the vice president had safely arrived.

2007 was the most violent year in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S. invasion, with more than 8,000 people killed. Osama bin laden, the Al-Qaida leader behind the 9/11 attacks that prompted the invasion, is believed to be hiding out in the rugged border region with Pakistan.

Cheney's fourth visit to Afghanistan comes during a 10-day Middle East trip that included a stop in Iraq earlier in the week.