Two United States officers killed in Afghan ministry
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Two senior United States military officers were shot and killed inside the Afghan in , Afghanistan yesterday. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. The attacks appear to be motivated by US troops burning copies of the in a rubbish disposal pit early in the week.
In response, NATO removed all members of the from Kabul-area Afghan ministries. The decision to remove the personnel from Afghan ministries came from General who is the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan.
The US military has yet to release the identities of the troops killed, although their ranks are said to be lieutenant colonel and major.
US Defense department press secretarysaid Afghan minister of Defense General had apologized to US Defense secretary for the attack and offered his condolences.
Protests throughout Afghanistan sparked by the Quran burning resulted in the deaths of at least 25 Afghans over the past few days. Two US troops were also killed in the protests.
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- Kevin Sieff. "NATO personnel withdrawn from Afghan ministries after killing of two Americans" — , February 25, 2012