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Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan: We’re Willing to Fight – But ‘Not Willing to Be Murdered’

Monday, October 1, 2012

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Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says he’s “mad as hell” about the increasing number of insider attacks, in which Afghan soldiers and police murder the Americans who are trying to train them.

“You know, we’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign. But we’re not willing to be murdered for it,” Gen. Allen told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in a segment that aired on Sunday.

Gen. Allen told CBS Correspondent Lara Logan that the insider attacks will continue: “The enemy recognizes this is a vulnerability. You know, in Iraq, the signature weapon system that we hadn’t seen before was the IED. We had to adjust to that. Here, I think the signature attack that we’re beginning to see the — is going to be the insider attack.”

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