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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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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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