Rebels out to slow Afghan progress: Dunford
KABUL (PAN): The ISAF commander on Thursday denounced the suicide attack in a residential neighbourhood of Kabul, saying the militants would not be able to deter the Afghans from pursuing a brighter future.
Fifteen people, including NATO soldiers and contractors, were killed and 42 others wounded when an explosives-laden car ploughed into an ISAF convoy in the Shah Shahid locality of the central capital. Women and children were among the victims.
“The insurgents use these desperate and indiscriminate acts of violence to slow the momentum of Afghanistan's progress,” Gen. Joseph Dunford said, adding the fighters could not offer the Afghan people a better future.
In a statement, the top US general said all the guerrillas could offer was violence and oppression. While today's attack shows the insurgents remain dangerous, they are not a threat to the Afghan government and its forces.
“In the end, today's tragedy shows the insurgents can offer no positive vision for the future,” the NATO commander remarked.
“As we mourn the loss of those who were killed or injured today, we must remember the hope of a brighter future,” Gen. Dunford said.
“The Afghan people and the hundreds of thousands of Afghan soldiers and policemen serving to build that brighter future will not be deterred. That is a vision the insurgents can never take from the people,” he concluded.
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