Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the military will not be intimidated by the attacks on U.S. soldiers in the wake of the Quran burnings. He made the comments today during a visit to Fort Campbell, where hundreds of soldiers will deploy this year as a part of a new Afghanistan advisory mission. Panetta told troops the attacks on coalition forces by Afghan security forces or insurgents wearing Afghan uniforms were "isolated incidents." He says insurgents are using the attacks to undermine American forces because the Taliban is not effective at combat operations. Six U.S.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will visit Fort Campbell Friday to observe training and meet with soldiers and others. He will watch predeployment training and medical response training and have a question-and-answer session. Panetta will also speak to 400 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division. This is Panetta's first visit to Fort Campbell since taking office last July 1.
For the first time in two years, the entirety of the 101st Airborne Division is on post at Fort Campbell. The return of the last 186 troops of a combat aviation brigade from deployment in Afghanistan marks the first time that all units were on base together since 2010. The news comes as President Obama's plan to withdrawal some 33,000 troops from Afghanistan continues.