Ambassador Crocker: US Steadfast on Rebuilding Afghanistan

Sunday, 26 Feb 2012 10:15 AM

By Newsmax Wires

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The top U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan says the killing of two American military advisers inside an Afghan ministry won't diminish the U.S. commitment to the region.

Ambassador Ryan Crocker says Americans should keep in mind that Afghan security forces have died trying to protect U.S. personnel. Crocker also says that Kabul, the Afghan capital, has come a long way since a decade ago when there was virtually no government infrastructure or rule of law.

Saturday's shooting prompted the recall of NATO staff from Afghan ministries.

Crocker tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the U.S. goal is to prevent Afghanistan from turning into safe-haven for the Taliban.

He says about the long war: "While we say we're tired of it, al-Qaida and the Taliban certainly aren't."

Crocker's comments come even as seven U.S. military trainers were wounded on Sunday when a grenade was thrown at their base in northern Afghanistan, as anti-Western fury deepened over the burning of the Quran at a NATO base.

Despite an apology from President Barack Obama, riots raged across the country for a sixth day on Sunday against the desecration of the Muslim holy book at a NATO air base at Bagram. Some protesters hoisted the white Taliban flag.

The Afghan Interior Ministry identified one of its employees as a suspect in the fatal shooting of two U.S. officers in its headquarters a day earlier, an attack that prompted NATO to recall its staff from ministries.

One civilian was killed, 15 more were wounded, and three policemen were injured in riots near the NATO base in northern Kunduz province, where the blast that wounded the Americans took place, regional police chief Samihullah Qatra told reporters.

-

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

US Plans Military Exercise in Poland to Reassure Allies Over Russia

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 11:24 AM

The Obama administration is planning land-force exercises in Poland and Estonia in hopes of reassuring NATO's Eastern Eu . . .

4 French Journalists Held Hostage in Syria Freed

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 10:33 AM

France's presidential palace says four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June have been released.President  . . .

Lamar Alexander: GOP Wants to Be 'the iPhone Party'

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 09:45 AM

Government should enable Americans to succeed, not pass mandates to control them, Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexan . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved