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The Taliban have said civilians working for the government or the coalition are legitimate targets, despite a warning from the United Nations that such killings may violate international law.
In earlier remarks Sunday to U.S. Consulate workers, Mr. Kerry said that “folks who want to kill people, and that’s all they want to do, are scared of knowledge. They want to shut the doors, and they don’t want people to make their choices about the future. For them, it’s you do things our way or we throw acid in your face or we put a bullet in your face,” he said.
He said “there are no words for anyone to describe the extraordinary harsh contradiction for a young 25-year-old woman, with all of her future ahead of her, believing in the possibilities of diplomacy to improve people’s lives, making a difference, having an impact” to be killed, <r/ Kerry said.
Ms. Smedinghoff previously served in Venezuela.
“The world lost a truly beautiful soul today,” her parents, Tom and Mary Beth Smedinghoff, said in a statement emailed to The Washington Post.
“Working as a public diplomacy officer, she particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with the Afghan people and was always looking for opportunities to reach out and help to make a difference in the lives of those living in a country ravaged by war,” they said. “We are consoled knowing that she was doing what she loved, and that she was serving her country by helping to make a positive difference in the world.”
The last American diplomat killed on the job was J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya. Stevens and three other American died in an attack Sept. 11 on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya. No one has yet been brought to justice in that attack.
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