Panetta Visits Afghanistan, Says U.S. Will Stay


Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan Wednesday as a weekend massacre blamed on an American soldier elicited calls for the U.S. to pull out of the country early. Meeting with Afghan provincial leaders, Panetta said the U.S. was committed to staying the course and carrying out its mission in Afghanistan. Panetta is scheduled to be in the country for two days and will meet with President Hamid Karzai and Afghan defense officials. AP