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Oh that the alleged shooter of sixteen Afghan civilians including nine children and three women.
A man who was accused of leaving the base.
Putting on his night vision goggles.
Breaking in home after home and murdering people in cold blood shooting a number of them assassination style in the head.
That in some cases accused of burning their bodies.
Before returning to his base where he was detained and is now not yet charged.
But accused in this.
That that alleged shooter has been flown out of Afghanistan -- -- now the Pentagon spokesman captain John Kirby.
He most recently served as the top spokesman for the joint chiefs chairman -- Mike Mullen sir thank you for service and thank you for being here this afternoon.
Thanks for having me ship and glad to be with you -- why was this soldier flown out of the country and where it's.
-- not detailing the actual location he has flown out of Afghanistan.
This is this is primarily because inside Afghanistan we don't have the proper detention facilities to detain.
US personnel for any length of time so.
This is -- that this is in accordance with their own regulations and policies to have -- in a proper detention facility.
Where he can be.
We continue to be interviewed and to be cared for.
Appropriately so we've moved into an appropriate detention facility outside the country.
Politically speaking how concerned are leaders about how this is going to play in Afghanistan where they are quite understandably livid.
Well exactly they are understandably and that's exactly right and but we have kept Afghan authorities all the way up to President Karzai informed.
Of this move and this transfer.
They they know that that we're doing this and they know why we're doing.
Help Americans understand the difference here somebody here on sixth avenue in New York City is accused of kicking a dog.
That person's name is available.
Someone that hits someone on the street or steals a -- -- The name the mug shot the picture all available and yet an American soldier accused of murdering sixteen innocent civilians.
His identity is protected from the American people and the press why.
Well his identity is not being protected from the American people we will release the name but -- but -- you have -- thus far and that it you know if we were in the regular judicial system here in America.
We would know within a matter of minutes or hours at the most.
Why is this man accused of these heinous crimes being protected in this way explain the policy is not he's not being protected but it is -- -- his military policy that the name is released once the charges are prefer once the charges are.
-- those charges have not been preferred against this individual so the name has not been released but when those charges are the -- will be.
How will that how can for how long.
-- the Pentagon carry on a military operation.
Which the American people have said in recent polls they do not support in the majority.
In which the polls suggest.
-- whatever support remains is eroding by the day how can we continue this campaign which frankly we won many years ago.
Has now turned into a peacekeeping organization and a nation a nation building operation.
Where are where our fighting men and women are dying on a daily basis for reasons -- quite frankly escape many Americans.
Well I think it's important to remember a couple of things first of all yes we've been in Afghanistan for ten years but that the strategy we're executing -- really only been in place for.
Two to three years and only properly resource during that period of time.
In terms of enough manpower and equipment and resources applied to it and also today the mission is very clear in Afghanistan.
It is to disrupt dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda and to prevent that country from ever becoming a safe haven for terrorists again I'll also tell you that.
That US servicemen and women believe that they're making good progress would respect of that strategy you that there has -- there has been military success particularly down in the south but also in the east.
And the Taliban is definitely on their heels we've been very busy over the last eight to ten weeks throughout the winter months.
And trying to prevent their ability to have a spring offensive of their own and we really do believe we've degraded their ability to quite some extent.
And I don't think anyone doubts any of that the that the problems seem to be internal as they have been since the Russians high tailed it out through the Khyber Pass.
The problems seem to be now you have a president there who is corrupt who was brought -- to power under a corrupt under a corrupt election.
Whom the people do not respect and do not trust his brother is an opium is an opium farmer and -- is feeding heroin to the world.
96% of their production is opium and now we get word in recent days.
That the Afghans are running drugs with some of the planes that we have given them as we tried to make them into a fighting force that can stand up for itself.
You'll forgive Americans for asking.
Whenever we get out of there what's to suggest that it won't go right back to the way it was before five years ten years twenty years what's the suggested.
Well look I understand that many Americans have questions and have doubts about the strategy in Afghanistan in the progress in the war effort there and I also understand.
That a big part of that those concerns.
The fact that they're concerned about the health and well being of our troops as well my nephew was a marine down -- In Helmand Province.
-- I've had friends who have fight in Afghanistan for -- I know families that are feeling the same is the same kind of qualms.
But I can tell you that that they the cooperation between the US forces and what all coalition forces and Afghan forces getting stronger and better every day.
Relationships with the Karzai administration.
Certainly they have ups and downs as they do between any two governments anywhere in the world but -- -- that cooperation is improving just last weekend general Allen.
And the minister defense of Afghanistan's signed a memorandum of understanding.
To transfer full control of that par -- detention facility nearby Bagram air -- Over to Afghans and Afghan leadership within six months that was a significant milestone on the way to a larger strategic partnership.
That we're gonna -- -- Afghanistan and we believe we can achieve in Afghanistan.
Quickly sir before we go.
Why the delay in charging the suspect in the shooting in Afghanistan today we learned has been moved out of Afghanistan.
Well he tees up eleven delay I don't know that I would characterize a delay investigators are hard at work you pointed it out in your opening comments to -- about that the heinous nature of these crimes.
And that the scope and the magnitude of the devastation here it's significant and we are taken that very very seriously.
We want to give the investigators all the time and space they need to put the kinds of information together in the case together that they need to put together.
And there's so we don't wanna rush and -- -- has made very clear to President Karzai.
This investigation will be done rapidly but he wants it more importantly done thoroughly and we -- to give them time to do that.
Pentagon spokesman captain John Kirby again thank you for your service and best of -- -- these very difficult days the.
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