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Fox News alert American troops in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for violent reprisals.
After one of their own is said to have gone on a killing Rampage shooting sixteen Afghan civilians welcome to -- and you are of America live I'm Megyn Kelly.
The Taliban is now threatening revenge.
-- American soldiers after Afghan villagers say -- -- US soldier went on the door to door shooting spree killing sixteen.
Most of the victims women and children.
The senseless murder spree comes just weeks after US soldiers accidentally burned copies of the Iran.
The Muslim holy book that sparked days of violent protests.
Killing scores of people including.
Several American soldiers.
In just the last hour the White House took questions about what this means for our future and Afghanistan.
-- -- No it will not -- because the strategy.
Is focused on.
The objectives that I have laid out a couple of times.
Today and certainly previous to -- day.
And those objectives haven't changed.
Joining us now from the State Department the US ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker.
Crocker also served as ambassador to Iraq and Pakistan.
He is the recipient of the presidential medal of freedom which is our highest civilian honor ambassador it's an honor to have you -- thank you so much for being with us.
Pleasure to be -- Megan.
This is devastating news out of Afghanistan clearly the US military the US government and an American the American people are upset about what this one.
Rogue soldier did.
But it is adding to a growing sentiment in this country that we need to get out of there and get out soon.
The latest numbers show that 60%.
Of the American people.
Think the war was not worth its costs and 54% of all Americans want our troops out of Afghanistan.
Even if the Afghan army is not ready to carry on the fight are they wrong.
May and I think it's very important we maintain our commitment just as the president said a few minutes ago.
The stakes are tremendously high here 9/11 came to us out of Afghanistan and as we carry forward our campaign to.
Disrupt dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda we've got to be sure that the environment never again exist where they can.
Regroup reorganize and planned other attacks -- homeland so.
Again were moving as fast so we can to.
-- an orderly withdrawal and drawdown of our troops.
While ensuring the Afghan national security forces are able to carry the load and I think were.
We're making substantial progress yesterday's event was horrific but he was one soldier.
Out of a 100000.
In no way does he represent.
The the ethics and morality of the American.
Serviceman and service woman and I think Afghans understand that.
Prior to 9/11 al-Qaeda was provided a safe haven.
In Afghanistan and -- by the Taliban we went in and change that situation dramatically give our viewers many of whom are sick of this war.
And sick of seeing it American blood and -- -- -- -- -- Afghanistan give them a feeling for what will happen.
If we do pull out of Afghanistan.
Earlier that the president has are -- scheduled -- to pull out.
Well first -- I I understand that people are tired of this war after a decade.
You know I'm tired too I've been deployed to Afghanistan Pakistan and Iraq.
Going on seven years now since 9/11 so.
And believe me understand what feeling tired means.
But he's the states.
If we decided to there were tired of it that we don't want to do it anymore.
-- -- -- -- Isn't that tired.
And al-Qaeda as badly.
Would be able to regenerate and -- to telephone took the country over again.
And we would then have another pre 9/11 situation.
May -- I was in New York on nine elevenths stuck in traffic -- the queens Borough bridge.
And I watched those two towers come down.
The -- I've been in this fight for for seven years now is never again we can never again run that risk.
You can never again run that threat.
We're just gonna have to -- -- reserves a strategic patience.
And be sure we hand over -- responsibilities.
In the coming few years to Afghan national security forces they can carry the fight.
Forward to prevent a Taliban resurgence and inevitable return of all time.
Can you speak to Hamid Karzai's reaction to the latest events -- now I know you're in a difficult position -- our ambassador to Afghanistan you've got to deal with this man.
But I think a lot of Americans were a little ticked off to hear his reaction to the act of one American soldier.
After all the good our American soldiers have gone over in Afghanistan saying quote this is an assassination.
Killing of innocent civilians and quote.
Tend not to be forgiven.
A statement that is almost certain to incite more.
Not less violence in Afghanistan.
-- I'm I'm not so sure.
We have condemned.
You know these killings they were horrible acts cannot be forget -- he says.
Well Woolsey I mean again this is.
For him for all Afghans for for all Americans horrific moment.
But at the same time we have seen.
Senior Afghan voices.
Calling for calm.
Noting that it was he active a single soldier not part of some barbaric policy Afghans understand these things they've been -- this along with us for a decade.
And I'm I'm not sure we're going to see that significant -- reaction.
Again I think Afghan leaders.
Including president who got out gotten out from this.
Ministry of defense issued a statement to an earlier today saying it was -- active of a lone -- You know Afghans don't wanna see you resurgence of violence.
Such as occurred after the call on -- anymore than we do.
And we're working together to try and ensure that didn't happen.
Let me ask you quickly you -- Afghans understand this that it's the act of one rogue soldier.
Is that true because -- I hear from our viewers and they were outraged to see the retaliation against her American soldiers in the wake of that accidental Koran burning.
These are the people were helping.
The Afghan army and in one instance shooting American soldiers in the wake of an accidental -- -- what are we doing have we won the hearts and minds of the Afghan people.
Is it possible.
-- and make it I think it is -- we have.
Thousands of US and allied soldiers embedded with Afghan troops every single day.
They're they're now.
These incidents are terrific.
But they're also rare.
And I'd also point out again we are fighting an insurgency.
It is very difficult to have -- 100%.
Assurance that the insurgents.
Don't somehow -- through checks and wind up in an Afghan.
-- your completion form.
And in this connection I note that.
Afghan troopers and policeman.
Have died at the hands of Talabani infiltrators.
In the uniforms of the police or military.
To have American -- -- soldiers is a problem for them it's a problem for us we've got to faces and -- coming together.
American service members killed in Afghanistan -- 151000 wounded.
Since this war began.
And there is a desire not to see any more bloodshed but also not to have those men and women have died in vain.
Ambassador Ryan Crocker thank you so much for coming on -- the best to you.
Thank you Megan.
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