Latest on Afghanistan and the Murders of 2 American Officers

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is condemning what he calls the murder of two American military officers in Afghanistan's capital.

Pentagon press secretary George Little says in a written statement that Panetta believes Saturday's killings in Kabul are unacceptable.

The nationality of the gunman hasn't been confirmed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack inside a heavily guarded government building, saying it was retaliation for the burning of Qurans on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

Little says Panetta received a telephone call from his Afghan
counterpart, who offered his condolences and apologized for the
incident.

Little says Panetta urged the Afghan government to take "decisive action" to protect coalition forces and to curtail violence after a week of unrest sparked by outrage over the burning of the Muslim holy books.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- For the first time in the decade-long
war in Afghanistan, the top commander of the U.S. and NATO forces
has recalled all international ministers from Afghan ministries.

This is in reaction to the killing of two American military advisers Saturday inside a heavily guarded ministry building.

Violence has sprung up in the wake of protests in Afghanistan over the burning of copies of the Quran at a U.S. army base.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack at the Interior Ministry, saying it was retaliation for the Quran burnings.

The two U.S. officers were a lieutenant colonel and major, and Afghan and Western officials say they were found dead on their office floor.

Western officials speaking on grounds of anonymity say the two
American officers were shot in the back of the head.

A Taliban spokesman has identified the shooter as one of their
sympathizers. He says an accomplice inside the ministry helped him
get inside the compound.

The Pentagon says the Afghan defense minister has called U.S.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to apologize for the shooting and
offer his condolences.

DOVER, Del. (AP) -- A U.S. soldier killed during protests in
Afghanistan had talked with relatives about the backlash over the
burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base before he died.

Twenty-two-year-old Cpl. T.J. Conrad of Roanoke, Va. -- promoted
posthumously to sergeant -- was one of two U.S. troops killed
Thursday by an Afghan soldier amid anti-American sentiment over the
Quran burnings.

Conrad's oldest sister told The Associated Press he was in good
spirits when she and other relatives chatted with him over the Internet on Wednesday, but he noted the backlash over the Quran burnings, which resulted in two more American deaths on Saturday.

The Department of Defense said the bodies of Conrad and Sgt.
Joshua Born of Niceville, Fla., were returned to Dover Air Force Base on Saturday.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    Well you should have known that to burn their "Bible" The Quran would cause them to be angry.I don't care if it's jibberish to you they believe what it says and you shouldn't be so disrespectible of their beliefs.It is sorrowful that these two men lost their lives because of this. They were wanting to get back at the ones that burned their book so since we are seen as a whole, any American would do.Stupid people do stupid things and later do they see how they have brought the punishment down upon their selves.People that sow, usually reap.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 08:41 AM in reply to
      these two men along with many others lost their lives because of the policy of Washington.
  • by E. C. Location: Dothan on Feb 26, 2012 at 09:06 AM
    Taliban, al-Qaida--- Was it, or was it not, determined that was who was responsible for the World Trade Center attacks that killed over 3000 of our people. Did we hear any apologies about that? If I remember correctly, Bush determined that even though those organizations were headquartered in Afgha. our troops should instead attack Iraq. 10 years later when we finally put sufficient troops in Afgha to attempt to break up those terrorist organizations, our forces apparently accidentally send some of their religious books to a trash dump to be burned. They not only get a WRITTEN apology from our government, they have gone into riot mode in the streets, gone into the embassies to execute officers who had absolutely nothing to do with the book incident. Am I the only one who is having to struggle to try to understand this situation?
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