US won't alter Afghan plan

The killings by a U.S. soldier of 16 Afghan civilians will not change the timetable for the withdrawal of American troops, the White House says.

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Taliban threatens to avenge Afghan civilian deaths

The Afghan Taliban threatened on Tuesday to behead US soldiers in revenge for a shooting spree by a lone American soldier in volatile Kandahar province in which 16 Afghan civilians died. In an emailed statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said:

The Islamic Emirate once again warns the American animals that the mujahideen will avenge them, and with the help of Allah will kill and behead your sadistic murderous soldiers.

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Will timetable for Afghanistan change?

by - Washington Correspondent

I think what is clear is that years of work trying to stabilise Afghan villages, billions of dollars spent training the Afghan military, is all being critically undermined by the actions of a few rogue soldiers.

Remember, the polls here show that 60% of Americans regard this war as not being worthwhile, that number is now certain to grow over the coming weeks.

The question is can the timetable be brought forward from 2014, perhaps to 2013?

I think the answer is it is increasingly likely and I think the political and military chereography of an accelerated withdrawal will be a central part of the conversation between David Cameron and the President at the White House over the next 48 hours.

British troops 'braced for difficult days ahead'

by - ITV News Correspondent

The British military forces, based here in Helmand, the neighbouring province to Kandahar, have been working hard to develop a bond of trust with people here but it's delicate work and easily derailed by incidents like this.

They can only hope there are no more serious consequences. In bases across the country they are bracing themselves for difficult days ahead.

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