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
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> 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:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

NYT: Accounts Vary Widely on Key Elements of Ferguson Shooting

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 23:27 PM

A St. Louis County grand jury in Missouri will hear evidence on Wednesday in the shooting death of Michael Brown by a wh . . .

Lt. Gen. Honore to Ferguson: Put Down Guns, Let People Speak

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 22:39 PM

The police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, is just making things worse, and officers should put down their g . . .

Mother Mourns US Journalist Purportedly Beheaded by ISIS

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 22:28 PM

The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her so . . .

Most Commented

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