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Carney: US faces 'difficult challenges' but won’t alter Afghan strategy

The White House does not plan to change its Afghanistan strategy or objectives after a U.S. soldier killed 16 civilians Sunday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

Carney said the Obama administration is not changing the U.S. timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying that NATO forces continue to meet their goals as they draw down troops, even as Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the incident could not be forgiven.

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“The focus of our overall strategy is not in reaction to a single event,” Carney said at Monday’s White House briefing. “We believe our presence there is having the desired effect in the implementation and achievement of our objectives. There are obviously difficult challenges we face in Afghanistan, and incidents like this do not make it easier, no question.”

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