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Larsen Statement on Incident in Afghanistan


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement today in response to reports about the killing of civilians by an American soldier in Afghanistan.

"Reports of the jaw-dropping incident of a US soldier opening fire on Afghan families are shocking and incomprehensible. Nothing can justify these acts. Given recent problems in Afghanistan, this horrible act could result in circumstances spinning out of control in a country where we have seen order easily spin out of control.

"The US military should immediately start an investigation into this horrible incident and continue to provide care to survivors.

"The vast majority of the women and men in our military serve with honor and are promoting US national security goals in Central Asia. They deserve our support.

"However, I reiterate my call for an accelerated drawdown in Afghanistan. Our military efforts have largely driven al-Qaeda from that country. It is time for our troops to come home and our focus to turn to training Afghan troops and government to take over operations."

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