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ISAF Commander Statement on Civilian Casualties in Kandahar
2012-03-CA-006 WASHINGTON (March 11, 2012) - The Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, Gen. John R. Allen, released the following statement today:
"I was shocked and saddened to hear of the shooting incident today in Kandahar Province. I offer my profound regret and deepest condolences to the victims and their families. I pledge to all the noble people of Afghanistan my commitment to a rapid and thorough investigation.
In the meantime, we will continue to offer medical care for those who were injured in this shooting. We will maintain custody of the U.S. service member alleged to have perpetrated this attack. And we will cooperate fully with local Afghan authorities as we ascertain all the facts.
This deeply appalling incident in no way represents the values of ISAF and coalition troops or the abiding respect we feel for the Afghan people. Nor does it impugn or diminish the spirit of cooperation and partnership we have worked so hard to foster with the Afghan National Security Forces.
The men and women of ISAF join me in my sadness and they join me in extending their condolences.
I am absolutely dedicated to making sure that anyone who is found to have committed wrong-doing is held fully accountable."