An Afghan civilian who stole a small pick-up truck on Camp Bastion airfield Wednesday was likely attempting to harm the welcoming party awaiting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s arrival, Pentagon spokesperson Capt. John Kirby told reporters Thursday. The suspect allegedly stole the vehicle from a coalition soldier and then sped onto the airfield’s ramp area close [...]
UPDATE (1:21 pm) Pentagon Press Secretary George Little has issued the following response to the Karzai statement: Secretary Panetta enjoyed a very detailed and productive set of discussions in Afghanistan with Interior Minister Mohammadi, Defense Minister Wardak and President Karzai. These discussions reaffirmed our shared goal of achieving an Afghanistan that can govern and secure [...]
50 percent of Americans want to hasten the pace of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a new Gallup/USA today poll. (Photo credit: U.S. Army photo/ Master Sgt. Kap Kim)
The plan in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. President, remains for NATO to turn control of the nation’s security over to local forces sometime in 2014.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta emphasized Tuesday that the U.S. should to continue its mission as planned, despite Sunday’s attacks.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters Tuesday that despite the brutal slaying of 16 Afghan civilians, the U.S. should continue to fulfill its mission in Afghanistan in order to bring the war to a responsible end. (0:11) [audio:http://trns.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2012313responsibleend.mp3]
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. servicemember accused of brutally murdering 16 Afghan civilians was a lone gunman and will be brought to justice. (0:22) [audio:http://trns.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2012313lonegunman.mp3]
En-route to Kyrgyzstan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta commented on Sunday’s brutal killings in Afghanistan. “War is hell,” Panetta said, noting that similar incidents have occurred in previous wars. He added that this likely won’t be the final tragedy in the Afghan conflict. (0:17) [audio:http://trns.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2012313tragedy.mp3]
“The incident is currently under investigation by two delegations assigned by President Karzai and they will report back to the President as soon as possible,” the Afghan Embassy in Washington, D.C. says.
President Obama said he was “deeply saddened” by the news.