Panetta tells Afghans U.S. remains committed
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.