Obama confident of Afghan mission success
"Our troops will ensure that Afghanistan is not a safe haven for terrorists," Obama said in his remarks to the press on Monday. "We will press on and we will succeed."
Regarding the deadly helicopter crash in Maidan Wardak province, he said; "This weekend we lost 30 of them when their helicopter crashed during a mission in Afghanistan."
Their loss was a stark reminder of the risks that American men and women in uniform took every day on behalf of their country, the president added.
"Day after day, night after night, they carry out missions like this in the face of enemy fire and grave danger. And in this mission, as in so many others, they were also joined by Afghan troops, seven of whom lost their lives as well," he said.
The servicemembers put their lives on the line for the values binding them together as a nation, he said. They came from different places, and their backgrounds and beliefs reflected the rich diversity of America, the president added.
"But no matter what differences they might have as individuals, they serve this nation as a team; they meet their responsibilities together; and some of them, like the 30 Americans who were lost this weekend, give their lives for their country," Obama concluded.
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