US Ambassador: US shouldn't speed up Afghanistan pull out

By REUTERS
February 26, 2012 19:37

WASHINGTON - The United States should resist the urge to pull troops out of Afghanistan ahead of schedule due to the violence against Americans over the burning of the Koran at a US military base, US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker said on Sunday.

"Tensions are running very high here. I think we need to let things calm down, return to a more normal atmosphere, and then get on with business," Crocker said in an interview from Kabul on CNN's "State of the Union."

He added that a full investigation of the incident was underway at the Bagram airbase near Kabul.

"This is not the time to decide that we are done here. We have got to redouble our efforts. We've got to create a situation that al-Qaida is not coming back," Crocker said.

"If we decide we're tired of it, al-Qaida and the Taliban certainly aren't," he said.


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