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Rep. Buerkle Statement on Recent Attacks in Afghanistan


Location: Syracuse, NY

Earlier today, an assailant wearing an Afghan Army uniform opened fire on American soldiers in eastern Afghanistan, killing one service member before escaping.

According to NATO, today's deadly shooting marked the 15th incident this year in which attackers wearing Afghan military uniforms have turned on their coalition counterparts, resulting in 20 NATO deaths.

"The quickening pace of shootings on coalition soldiers by assailants wearing Afghan Army uniforms is cause for great concern. The killings are complicating NATO's efforts to train Afghan soldiers and causing tension between Afghanistan and its Western allies. I am confident that NATO is taking this growing trend seriously, and encourage them to do all they can to protect our coalition troops from future attacks of this nature," said Rep. Buerkle.

The shooting took place early Friday in the Kunar Province at an Afghan National Army-run camp where American and NATO troops are training Afghan soldiers. Two other American soldiers were wounded in the attack. A second coalition soldier was killed on Friday in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, but additional details have not yet been released.

"Every soldier's death is a tragedy," said Rep. Buerkle. "As America's role in Afghanistan continues to evolve, we must continue to be vigilant in protecting our troops and ensuring that we do all we can to prepare the Afghan Army to provide security for its country as we continue to withdraw Western forces."

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