000 U.S. soldiers plan
China news agency, Beijing, March 14 – U.S. soldiers shot and killed 16 Afghan civilians in the incident four days later , on the 14th , U.S. Secretary of Defense Panetta visited Helmand province, Afghanistan , and when the local officials to hold talks . He said that the recent occurrence of several isolated incidents will not change the U.S. military operations in Afghanistan , in Afghanistan the U.S. military’s primary mission is to achieve a smooth transition for local security and defense work .
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Panetta , local officials said U.S. troops burning the Koran incident and shot civilians just an isolated incident , the majority of U.S. soldiers are doing the right thing . The U.S. military will not change the plan to withdraw from Afghanistan . Panetta said ,
Panetta visited Helmand province , the land took place in a roadside bomb blast . CNN quoted local government officials as saying that the explosion killed at least eight people were killed .
Panetta this time to visit Afghanistan in a few months ago had been identified , but in Afghanistan, the U.S. military or security level because According to the Associated Press reported that Leon Panetta in a Marine Corps camp that day made a speech , participated in the activities of more than 200 U.S. soldiers would all be
According to the Washington Post reported that Panetta will stay in Afghanistan for two days, he will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai , the Afghan defense minister and some local officials . The Panetta purpose of this trip may be discussed with the Afghan government this fall, the withdrawal of 22,000 U.S. soldiers plan