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Good evening I'm -- -- we are just getting the latest comment from President Obama regarding the weekend massacre of sixteen Afghan civilians.
Allegedly at the hands of a US soldier.
The president is rejecting rejecting comparisons.
The My Lai incident during the Vietnam war in which dozens of perhaps hundreds of villagers were killed during a raid by an army unit.
The president told a Florida television station earlier this afternoon the Afghan incident appears to be the work of a lone gunman.
Afghans are calling for an immediate US exit prosecution.
And in some cases revenge.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has reaction from the Pentagon.
This was eight.
Awful I can't even.
The impact on the families whom.
Worst subject to this attack our strategic objectives have not changed and they will not change.
We're pretty confident that this was just one individual acting alone the individual a 38 year old US army staff sergeant left his outpost around 3 AM walked a mile of began hunting women and children in two neighboring hamlets.
Killing at least sixteen Afghans nine of them children.
The youngest just two years old -- been -- their bodies he alleged shooter is married has two children himself.
-- three times in Iraq and deploy to Afghanistan for the 1 time in December.
A member of the fifth Stryker Brigade.
Based out of joint base Lewis McCord in Washington State where four members of the same brigade were recently court martialed.
For killing Afghan civilians in collecting their body parts as trophies.
Last month the head of the hospital at Lewis McCord was fired for reversing post traumatic stress diagnoses citing cost to the taxpayer.
The president spoke by telephone with Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressing his shock and sadness.
Karzai later called the incidents unforgivable.
The Taliban demanded revenge calling US forces sick minded Americans savages.
It's really a poisonous environment here in Afghanistan right now there are local media reports that say there are multiple US soldiers out.
On this shooting spree in that this was an organized.
US military attack on civilians.
A new Washington Post ABC poll shows 60% of Americans surveyed think the Afghan war is not worth it.
54% want US troops to come home.
Two thirds of the more than 19100 US service members killed in Afghanistan have been killed since 2009 when President Obama.
Introduced his Afghan strategy and -- surge troops.
I think it's very likely that we have lost.
Tragically lost the lives and suffered injuries to a considerable number of young Americans on a mission that we're gonna discovers not doable.
US ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker told Fox News in an exclusive interview he understands the war fatigue.
I'm tired too I've been deployed to Afghanistan Pakistan and Iraq.
Going on seven years now since nine elevenths plus he says he's now would be disastrous that -- -- Isn't that tired.
And -- hired as badly.
Would be able to regenerate and they to -- -- took the country over again.
And we would then have another pre 9/11 situation.
Fox News has learned the staff sergeant are alleged shooter suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a vehicle rollover accident in Iraq in 2010.
But was deemed fit for duty by the US army before deploying for the fourth time.
He also may have had some family troubles possibly marital troubles President Obama in an interview today that he's still determined to bring troops home as planned -- More on this panel Jennifer Griffin on the Pentagon thank.
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