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Rep. Buerkle Statement on NATO Service Members' Deaths


Location: Washington, DC

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 today's deadly attacks in northeast Afghanistan.

"Earlier today, two American NATO service members were killed in northeast Afghanistan after rockets crashed into a U.S. base. The deaths of these service members are tragic.

"As America's role in Afghanistan continues to evolve, we must continue to ensure that we protect our troops while at the same time equip the Afghan Army with the tools and resources they need to provide security for their own country. We must remain vigilant against the threats to our nation and allies."

Two service members were killed and four injured when a rocket struck a U.S. base in Nari district of Kunar province. The area is a haven for insurgent groups fighting along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. 154 NATO service members have been killed in Afghanistan with at least 100 of them being American.

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