Afghan officials apologize for Kabul murders

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak apologized yesterday in a phone call to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for the murders of two American soldiers killed in connection with the protests over the inadvertent Koran-burning at Bagram Air Force Base.

"Secretary Panetta appreciated the call and urged the Afghan government to take decisive action to protect coalition forces and curtail the violence in Afghanistan after a challenging week in the country,"  Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said yesterday.

Wardak "offered condolences in a phone call with Panetta and apologized for the incident," according to the Armed Forces Press Service (AFPS), in which two American officers were killed in an Afghan ministry building in Kabul -- reportedly shot by an Afghan police officer.

AFPS also noted that Afghan Interior Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi apologized for the murders in a meeting with ISAF Commander Marine Corps. Gen. John Allen.




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