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Obama: Spree a case of ‘murder’
Question of the Day
U.S. and Afghan officials cleared one hurdle last week when they reached a deal on the handover of military prisons to Afghan control.
However, the Kandahar shootings have increased pressure on the Karzai government to stick to its demands that NATO forces end night raids on civilians’ homes and that U.S. soldiers accused of committing a crime in Afghanistan be tried in local courts.
U.S. military officials say the night raids have been useful in disrupting Taliban networks. Afghans describe the raids as intrusive and demeaning.
United States ‘heartbroken’
Speaking in Washington, Mr. Obama said that he takes the shootings of the villagers “as seriously as if it was our own citizens and our own children who were murdered.”
“We’re heartbroken over the loss of innocent life. The killing of innocent civilians is outrageous and is unacceptable. It’s not who we are as a country,” he said.
“The president keeps talking about withdrawals and scheduling withdrawals that in the military view entails much greater risk. Of course, it’s in jeopardy,” he said.
The senator said “the Taliban are emboldened, so the military situation, after significant gains, is very much doing what they did in Iraq, and that is, win the war and lose the peace.”
• David Boyer contributed to this article, which is based in part on wire service reports.
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About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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