Buerkle Statement on Afghanistan Attack

Statement

By:  Ann Marie Buerkle
Date: June 20, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced Pfc. Jarrod Lallier, 20, of Spokane, Washington, was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He was killed when insurgents dressed in Afghan Police uniforms attacked his unit in the Kandahar province.

Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and United States Congressional Representative to the United Nations, released the following statement regarding the attack:

"The attacks on American and coalition soldiers by insurgents dressed as members of the Afghan Police are disturbing. These killings are tragedies. They are also causing tension and extremely complicating efforts for a smooth transition of power from Western forces to Afghan forces.

"This growing trend needs to be taken seriously. We must do all that we can to protect troops from future attacks of this nature. We must continue to be vigilant in protecting our soldiers as we continue to prepare Afghanistan to provide security for its own country as Western forces continue to withdraw."