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'US troops' killing makes America determined to stay course in Afghanistan'

Kabul , Mon, 08 Aug 2011 ANI

Kabul, Aug 8 (ANI): The United States has said that the killing of 30 American troops, an interpreter and seven Afghan soldiers in anti-Taliban operation in Maidan-Wardak province on Saturday has strengthened its resolve to "stay the course" in Afghanistan.


US President Barack Obama said that the US would draw inspiration from the lives of those who were lost and continue the work of securing Afghanistan and standing up for the values they embodied.


"At this difficult hour all Americans are united in support of our men and women in uniform who serve so that we can live in freedom and security," The Dawn quoted Obama, as saying.


Defence Secretary Leon E. Panetta said that the US "will stay the course" and "complete that mission" for which these soldiers and "all who have served and lost their lives in Afghanistan have made the ultimate sacrifice".


Military chief Admiral Mike Mullen said the US needed to remain committed to the mission of these soldiers. "The fight goes on."


Officials at the Pentagon confirmed that 25 of the dead were from US Navy SEAL team 6, the same unit that provided the troops for the May 2 raid that killed the Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.


Although the US media quoted Afghan and unidentified US officials as saying that a rocket fired by Taliban fighters struck the Chinook helicopter carrying the US and Afghan forces, the Pentagon is reluctant to confirm this information.


"Information is still coming in about this incident," Mullen said, adding: "I think it's important that we allow investigators to do their work before jumping to too many conclusions." (ANI)


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