Panetta tells Afghans U.S. re­mains com­mit­ted

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CAMP LEATH­ER­NECK | De­fense Sec­re­tary Leon E. Panetta, meet­ings U.S. troops and Afghan lead­ers Wed­nes­day, said the United States must never lose sight of its mis­sion in the war, de­spite re­cent vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing what ap­peared to be an at­tempted at­tack near the run­way of a mil­i­tary base where he was about to land.

“We will not al­low in­di­vid­ual in­ci­dents to un­der­mine our re­solve to that mis­sion,” he told about 200 Marines at Camp Leath­er­neck. “We will be tested. We will be chal­lenged. We’ll be chal­lenged by our en­emy. We’ll be chal­lenged by our­selves. We’ll be chal­lenged by the hell of war, it­self.

“But none of that, none of that, must ever de­ter us from the mis­sion that we must achieve.”

Ac­cord­ing to Pen­tagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby, an Afghan stole a ve­hi­cle at a Bri­tish air­field in south­ern Afghanistan and drove it onto a run­way, crash­ing into a ditch about the same time that Mr. Panetta’s air­craft landed. own se­cu­rity, Rus­sia’s for­eign min­is­ter said Wed­nes­day.

Sergey Lavrov said a plan to per­mit the use of a base in the city of Ulyanovsk on the Volga River will soon be con­sid­ered by the Rus­sian Cab­i­net.

Moscow has pro­vided NATO with air cor­ri­dors and rail­way routes for car­ry­ing sup­plies to and from Afghanistan.

The new deal would for the first time al­low al­liance mem­bers to set up a lo­gis­tics fa­cil­ity for troops and cargo on Rus­sian ter­ri­tory.

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