Obama: Apology Improved U.S.-Afghan Relations

The president discussed his apology for the accidental burning of Qurans.
1:12 | 03/01/12

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Breaking news from Afghanistan yet another deadly attack on Americans this time an Afghan civilian -- teacher. Who helped Afghan soldiers learn to read and write opened fire on NATO troops in Kandahar Province. Killing two US troops in the process the attack is believed to be tied to protest over the recent burning -- holy books by US troops. In an exclusive interview President Obama told ABC's Bob Woodruff. That apologizing for the burning -- bronze was the right move and has improved US Afghan relations. Things. We're not out of the woods yet. But. My criteria in any decision I make getting recommendations from the folks were actually on the ground. It is what's -- best protect our folks. And make sure that they can accomplish the Russian wars -- tough business and it never goes perfectly smooth path. But. Because of -- to to a news of our teams. I feel confident that were able to stay on a path where by the end -- fourteen. Our troops will be out. The president spoke before special White House dinner to honor Iraq war veterans many of whom are now headed to Afghanistan.

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