Clinton expresses shock, regret at Afghan massacre

March 12, 2012 19:52

UNITED NATIONS - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday expressed shock and regret at the "inexplicable" massacre of 16 Afghan villagers by a US soldier, which has prompted calls for an immediate American exit from the decade-long war in Afghanistan.

"I was shocked and saddened by the killings of innocent Afghan villagers," Clinton said. "This is not who we are and the United States is committed to seeing that those responsible are held accountable."

Clinton acknowledged that it had been a "difficult and complex few weeks" in Afghanistan for the United States.

"This terrible incident does not change our steadfast dedication to protecting the Afghan people and to doing everything we can to help build a strong and stable Afghanistan," she said at the United Nations.

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