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Obama: I'm 'Accountable' For Civilian Deaths In Afghanistan

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Responding to a question about the state of the military conflict in Afghanistan, Obama discussed the timeline for troop withdrawals, described elements of progress, and then addressed civilian casualties.

When there is a civilian casualty, that is not just a political problem for me. I am ultimately accountable, just as General McChrystal is accountable, for somebody who's not on the battlefield who got killed. And that is something I have to carry with me... so we do not take that lightly.