Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) issued the following statement regarding six fallen Americans in Afghanistan last night:
"It is with a heavy heart that we learn of the deaths of yet another six Americans in Afghanistan last night.
Five were killed on route to deliver books for Afghani students. Their mission, delivering books to kids they probably never met of parents they didn't know, underscores the compassion and selflessness of our troops.
Another American was killed in a separate attack in another part of the country.
Their deaths appear to have been a planned attack by Al Qaeda forces, underscoring that the world continues to be a dangerous place that requires our vigilance through a robust military.
Nonetheless, the consistent message I heard in my last visit to Afghanistan was that we must provide our troops with all the resources they need and expedite the drawdown in accordance with sound military judgment.
Currently, there are nearly 66,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan. Nearly half of those troops are expected to return home permanently this winter.
As we drawdown our troops, I implore the Administration and our top military decision-makers to ensure that every mission undertaken by our troops is necessary and serves a clear purpose.
Furthermore, it is critical for our troops that we demand accountability in a constructive fashion that does not undermine the mission or welfare of our troops. As a Nation, we must continue to speak with one voice in protecting and furthering our security and freedom for all people."