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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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British troops 'braced for difficult days ahead'

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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