Pentagon chief arrives in Europe amid Syrian, Afghan crises

via Yahoo News

Madrid (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Madrid on Sunday, beginning a European tour amid alarm over Russian bombardments in Syria and the refugee crisis sparked by the conflict.

He is also dealing with the fallout from a suspected US air strike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz that killed 22 people, some of whom burned to death in their beds.

“My reaction was I think the same as anybody’s,” Carter told reporters on the flight to Madrid, describing the situation as “confused and complicated.”

“This is a tragic loss of life, your heart can only go out to innocent people that were caught up in this type of violence.”

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