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Amb. Rice: Despite protests, Afghan mission 'has to be accomplished'

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Monday that the violence in Afghanistan this past week does not change the timeline under which U.S. forces plan to hand over security operations to the Afghans.

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Rice said on MSNBC Monday the deaths of four U.S. troops that have occurred amid violence stemming from the burnings of Qurans at a U.S. airbase cannot “lead us to prematurely curtail a vital mission that’s essential to our national security.”

“The incidents that have occurred over the last week, and isolated incidents prior to that, we do not think represent a pattern of deterioration that is insurmountable by any stretch,” she said.

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