CNN corresponent and UF alum describes turmoil in Afghanistan
After an American Soldier went on a house-to-house shooting spree early Sunday in Afghanistan killing 16 civilians, the United States government is deciding how it will proceed with relations with the country as well as what to do with the soldier who may face the death penalty. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Katiana Krawchenko spoke with CNN correspondent Sara Sidner who is in Kabul, Afghanistan, about how the people in the region are feeling and what is next for U.S. troops.
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