WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States will press ahead and succeed in Afghanistan despite this past weekend's deadly shoot down of a helicopter carrying U.S. and Afghan troops.
He told reporters on Monday that the incident is a reminder of the risks America's men and women in uniform take every day. The president said he knows the troops in Afghanistan will continue the "hard work" of preventing the country from becoming a terrorist haven and preparing Afghans to take over their own security.
The Saturday crash in eastern Afghanistan killed 30 U.S. troops and was the deadliest incident for American forces in the decade-long war. The dead included 22 elite Navy SEAL personnel, Air Force troops and an Army air crew, along with eight Afghan soldiers.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)