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Afghans Object, U.S. Officials Defend Decision To Move Massacre Suspect

The Army staff sergeant who allegedly killed 16 civilians has been moved to a detention facility in Kuwait. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta continues his visit to Afghanistan. And the Taliban says it is supspending talks with the U.S.
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On Afghan Trip, Panetta Meets With Karzai

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Thursday. A U.S. soldier is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar on Sunday. The incident has raised questions about the future of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
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Panetta Met With Security Breach In Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Afghanistan on Wednesday. As he arrived, a vehicle exploded at the base where the secretary was scheduled to speak. Panetta is unhurt, and it's not clear whether it was an attack on the secretary or not. His long-planned trip comes in the middle of a crisis in relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan. The U.S. is investigating the killings of 16 Afghan civilians, apparently committed by a U.S. soldier.
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For Afghans, Two Outrages, Two Different Reactions

When U.S. troops inadvertently burned Qurans last month, it triggered large-scale rioting across Afghanistan that led to dozens of deaths. By comparison, the Afghan reaction has been comparatively muted so far to the shooting deaths of 16 innocent civilians. Why the difference?
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In Afghanistan, Panetta Says Mission Continues

At Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan, the defense secretary urged troops to not be deterred from their mission and continue "to make life difficult" for the Taliban and al-Qaida. He'll try to repair relations frayed by recent incidents.

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