US strategy for Afghanistan won’t change: White House
Wed Mar 14, 5:47 pm
United States strategy for Afghanistan will not change following the regretful killing of 16 civilians in southern province of Kandahar, White House said in a statement.
“The United States is committed to suppress and disarm the Taliban and will continue providing military training to the Afghan security forces in order that they can secure their territory,” White House Spokesman Jay Carney said.
“The Kandahar incident was a heartbreaking tragedy but international forces won’t rush to leave Afghanistan,” US President Barak Obama told several news channels. “The international forces should leave Afghanistan in a responsible way,” he added.
President Obama has said “It is necessary to responsibly exit from Afghanistan, so that there should be no need to return there”.
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has also lamented the recent Kandahar incident, pledging to bring the suspect on charges.
“Let me say that I was also shocked like other US citizens over the brutal killing of the innocent civilians. This brutal act never represents us. We are committed to bring the responsible person or persons to trial n this regard” she added.
The recent Kandahar incident has provoked the anger of the Afghan Parliament, which demand a public trial of the suspect.
The Taliban has also vowed to take revenge for these brutal civilian killings.