US rejects strategy shift after Afghan protests, shooting

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will not swerve from plans to move into an advisory role in Afghanistan, US officials said on Monday, despite the killing of US advisers over the weekend that underscored the risks foreign soldiers will face as they rush to train Afghan forces.
"We're not going to let the events of the past week, which are regrettable and unfortunate and tragic, influence the long horizon view that we're taking," Defense Department spokesman George Little told reporters at the Pentagon.
"There is absolutely no reason to change course when we're making the kind of progress we're making," Little said later.
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