Taliban, Afghan President Warn U.S. Troops

Soldiers cautioned after Leon Panetta's runway scare in Afghanistan.
2:01 | 03/15/12

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We told you about that Afghan man the interpreter who barreled down a runway to pick up truck headed for the plane carrying Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Tonight here Martha Raddatz has learned more about those moments and what was a very close call. Tonight we know just how close Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's visit to Afghanistan came to tragedy as a trusted Afghan interpreter. Barreled toward the runway in a stolen pickup truck. After the truck -- a -- witnesses describe a flash and smoke and fire the interpreter both in flames. He died of his burns overnight without ever being interrogated at -- we will never know if Panetta was in fact his target. But the secretary's visit did not get any easier after that harrowing a rival. Today Afghan President Karzai demanded that US troops pull out of Afghan -- -- next year. A year earlier than the Pentagon had planned. It follows the massacre last week allegedly by a US soldier in a village right next door to a US base the Obama administration insisted today. The mission in Afghanistan has not changed but that mentions handing over security to the -- so we can leave. Depends on trust which is clearly in short supply. And more bad news today the Taliban suspended peace talks. Which have been a major goal of the administration but the White House said today they will keep trying to move the talks forward David -- huge setback and Martha -- reported extensively on the American soldier who opened fire in that village. Tonight reports about his repeated deployments and whether or not he wanted to go back. Exactly the soldier has hired a civilian lawyer in Seattle who today said the soldier was twice injured in Iraq. We've reported that he -- traumatic brain injury before the lawyer also said he had a late injury and did not want to deploy to Afghanistan. We still don't know his identity but he should be charged -- and then we well all right Martha Raddatz on this story again tonight Martha thank you.

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