March 11th, 2012
11:49 AM ET

White House "monitoring the situation closely."

After reports that an American service member allegedly shot more than a dozen Afghan civilians in Kandahar province, Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, said, “We are deeply concerned by the initial reports of this incident, and are monitoring the situation closely."

Administration officials confirmed that President Obama had been briefed on the situation.

Topics: Afghanistan • Military • White House

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Sponge-Bob

    This is bad news, no other way to describe it.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  2. oldoc

    This incident surely will put another nail in our coffin there with the population and the leadership. It's time we seriously called it "mission accomplished" and that "we've done all we can do", and so on...just smarten up and begin the pullout with a minimum of fanfare and details. That's a hopeless situation much like the others we bungled and wasted $ and lives/limbs on! These folks simply don't want us in their business and we need to get that message and get out of that place...period.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  3. B

    These events are yet another example why we need to get out of Afghanistan ASAP.
    These same kind of inevitable instances always happen in these protracted Wars. Similar things happened in Viet Nam that generated hatred for the US and destroyed the original mission.

    You can’t control all of the idiots that will throw the objective backwards like urinating on the enemy or desecration of their Holly books..

    Can you imagine how Americans would feel having them here and burning Bibles?

    March 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      @B...that maybe true, we certainly can't control the idiots here nor there!! It is a very bad thing to dishonor anybodys' HOLY BOOK! But if you ask me...America dishonors its' Holy Bible on a daily basis! We throw it out on its' face anytime we get ready to justify our selfish decisions!! We have just about thrown it out of the courts, already thrown it out of our schools, and most homes!! They are just a smidgeon away from being burned anyway. Americans have BEEN put them on the highest shelf, in the back, in the corner, in the dark!! Never to even be mentioned unless it's being used to play on some true God-fearing Americans spirituality and their consciousness of their relationship with God. Hypocrites!!

      March 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
      • ddblah

        Hey, don't you realize US is a secular state and US government is a secular government??

        March 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  4. judy

    bring the kids home. unfortunate killings. our kids are in harms way. Glad the president is on top of this and winding down this war. Obama 2012

    March 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • TellItLikeItIs

      OK – he's 'winding down the war' how? He brings a few home then sends another "surge" of 40,000 to take their place?

      The fact is he PROMISED to bring ALL the troops home in one year. THAT was part of his electoral manifesto. He brought the troops home from Iraq THREE years late – right at the beginning of the election campaign?????? AND at Christmas for maximum effect!

      The longer young people are left in a deadly situation with IEDs, snipers and bombs from the so-called Afhanfriends

      March 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
      • TellItLikeItIs

        Sorry [pressed post instead of space!]

        The longer young people are left in deadly situations with IEDs, snipers and bombs from so-called Afghan friends AND seeing their own friends suffer and die 24/7- the more likely they are to snap. After 10 years we're seeing peeing on dead enemies, burning Korans and shooting sprees – which proves my point. And the LONGER Obama leaves them there the MORE of this we'll see.

        This young man is just as wounded metally as if he'd stepped on an IED physically. We just can't SEE the effects.

        But Obama is CERTAINLY not 'on top of it' – HE is responsible.

        March 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        @TellItLikeItIs...just so you know...that ain't like it is!! 'THREE years late'?? Obama brought the troups home according to the contracted exit dates!! Some even claimed it was a Bush accomplishment because he made the contract up on IRAQ...entrance and exit dates!!! So what are you talking about. If I remember correctly...Obama had to adjust the dates a little bit due to what the generals on the ground said needed to be done...but all in all it was still on and about the same time that was contracturally depicted!! 'Part of his electoral manisfesto'...AND? Obama has come as close to accomplishing his 'electoral manifesto' as any other former President has before him! With NO HELP from his constituents! If anything they have blocked and delayed him on most everything he's tried to do!! From day one, that has been the GOP goal...make him a 'one term President'!! The way to do it is to block, stop, delay, just say no, and anything else that could possibly shadow any good thing he's done with negativity or inefficiency, thereby he would be percieved by the stupid to be a 'bad' President; and needs to go!! That in itself, along with the biggotry of racism can certainly put him in a bad position..but I trust we still have some REAL INTELLIGENT AMERICAN PATRIOTS left who do believe in what he's done and is endeavoring to do!! They also realize the compromizing position he has been put in and are not in denial as to the bottomline of WHY!! Oh, he'll go back in alright! Who does he have to run against?? The 'THREE STOOGES' and 'THE LONE RANGER'?? LOL!!

        March 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  5. Impeachment

    Why isn't CNN announcing the IMPEACHMENT bill in Congress right now for Obama's impeachment of Treason?

    THAT'S real news. Could it be you don't want the public to know?

    Google why..

    March 12, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Treason?? Pulling out all the stops huh? That's a stretch. If Bush wasn't impeached, who in the world could be calling for Obama to be impeached? They impeached Clinton on a personal discrepancy which shouldn't have ever happened!! Jealous buffoons! You all are turning America into the laughing stock of the whole world!

      March 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • Impeachment

        America, a once beautiful country is now hated completely by the Middle East. Get away from your local media and educate yourself. is a good start. If you want to know the truth, you won't find it here. Google things.

        If you condone what takes place by your illegal commander n chief.. then you deserve everything that comes your way. From the fraudulent elections to the illegal imprisonment of US citizens, to a law banning your 1st amendment and losing your complete constitution, you have allowed your country to be run and overtaken while you slept. Look at how broke you are. Who has turned the US into this situation? Bush and Obama... and he still wants more money. What a ridiculous comment Liz. You must be part of the 1%. Either that, or you believe the biased media. Try googling what I've posted. Try.. FEMA concentration camps in the USA. (for American citizens) I'm not laughing as much as pitying how out of touch the 'we the people' are of the USA. Good luck with your new laws.

        March 13, 2012 at 12:49 am |
      • C B

        Bush could not be impeached because he didn't break any laws. He asked congress to declare war on terror, not on any particular country or group. Don;t forget FDR had congress declare war on Japan and then sent the majority of the troops to Europe, he should have been impeached as well.

        May 15, 2012 at 9:48 am |