US General Calms Troops After Afghanistan Deaths

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has told his troops that "now is not the time for revenge" for the deaths of two U.S. soldiers killed in riots over the burning of Qurans at an American base.

U.S. Gen. John Allen traveled late Thursday to Nangarhar province to calm U.S. troops at the forward operating base where the incident occurred earlier in the day.

He told them to resist whatever urge they might have to strike back after an Afghan soldier killed the two American troops. His comments were released Friday.

Afghan National Army Gen. Sher Mohammed Karimi, who traveled to the base with Allen, told the U.S. troops that their sacrifice is not wasted.

Karimi says the Americans and Afghans together are "fighting an enemy of humanity."

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