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White House Says Afghan Commitment Remains Strong

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama's administration says it has no plans to accelerate the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in the wake of violent attacks against Americans in the country over the mistaken burning of Korans at a U.S. military base.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said taht despite the murders of two U.S. military officers at the Afghan Interior Ministry on February 25, the United States remains committed to its 2014 withdrawal date.

Pentagon spokesman George Little also said, "Anyone who believes they can weaken our resolve through these cowardly attacks is severely mistaken."

Navy Captain John Kirby, a spokesman in Kabul for the top commander in Afghanistan, U.S. General John Allen, called the two U.S. deaths "tragic," but added, "Everybody wants to continue the mission and get back to work."
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