Afghanistan Shootings: Reaction and Fallout
U.S. officials expressed shock and sadness at the March 11 shooting rampage and committed to holding accountable those at fault. Afghans voiced outrage and the Taliban vowed revenge.
Here, a man points to a spot where a family was allegedly shot in their home. Photo by Mamoon Durrani/AFP/Getty Images:
- A young Afghan man recounted what happened: "He was walking around taking up positions in the house - in two or three places like he was searching," said 26-year-old witness Mohammad Zahir, who watched the gunman while hiding in another room. "He was on his knees when he shot my father" in the thigh, he told The Associated Press. His father was wounded but survived. Read the full story:
- President Obama called Afghan President Hamid Karzai from his vehicle in Chevy Chase, Md., to offer his condolences for the "tragic and shocking" event. Photo by Pete Souza/White House:
- "This is an assassination, an intentional killing of innocent civilians and cannot be forgiven,'' said President Karzai in a statement.
- Al Jazeera got reaction from people in Kabul. "Every time these events occur, (Afghan President Hamid) Karzai says Afghanistan must be in control (of the nation), but they just continue to follow," said cab driver Sayed Yousef. Read the full story:
- The incident renewed discussion over the NATO and U.S. presence in Afghanistan. Sixty percent of Americans see the war in Afghanistan as not worth the costs, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted from March 7 to 10. View the full survey:
- More reaction came through Twitter:
- We'll have more about the shootings and what they mean for the U.S. and NATO troop commitment in Afghanistan on Monday’s NewsHour broadcast. Follow us @newshourworld.
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