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Nicholson visits blast site, renews support for Afghans

Nicholson visits blast site, renews support for Afghans

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Jun 01, 2017 - 16:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok):  NATOinfo-icon’s Resolute Support (RS) mission Commander Gen. John Nicholson visited the site of Wednesday’s bombing in Kabul to survey the damage and support emergency responders.

Terrorists detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device near the Zambaq Square, outside of the Green Zone, but near diplomatic and government facilities.

“The vigilance and courage of Afghan security forces prevented the VBIED from gaining entry to the Green Zone, but the explosion caused civilian casualties in the vicinity,” Nicholson said.

A few hours after the assault, Nicholson met German Embassy Charge d'Affaires Dr. Ulrich Ernst, NATO Senior Civilian Representative Cornelius Zimmerman and Resolute Support Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jurgen Weigt. The German Embassy is one of the locations most affected by the detonation.

“Once again we stand shoulder by shoulder with our Afghan partners and grieve for our losses,” said Weigt. “These helping hands stand for the strength of this so proud country, which will not lose ground facing this ruthless enemy.”

The attack demonstrated a complete disregard for civilians and revealed the barbaric nature of the enemy, Nicholson added. He said it also highlights the hypocrisy of an enemy who claim they only target Afghan Security Forces and foreign troops, yet continue to cause death among innocent people. 

The senior enlisted leader for Resolute Support, Command Sergeant Major David M. Clark, also expressed lockstep support for the Afghan partners.

“Today many Afghans have lost their lives, and many more have been wounded. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Afghan partners,” Clark said.

“The ANDSF is made of men and womeninfo-icon with hopes and dreams, a passionate commitment to the idea of freedom, and the willingness to fight for those ideals.  With courage and honor, we will prevail.”  

Resolute Support and coalition forces stand together with the Afghan people, committed to seek a peaceful, stable future for this country.

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