Obama, Carter mourn loss of airmen, Afghan civilians
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): President Barack Obama and his Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Friday mourned the loss of six US airmen and five civilians, including Afghan nationals, in a C-130 plane crash in Jalalabad.
“Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the six US Airmen and five contractors who lost their lives in a military plane crash in Jalalabad,” Obama said.
In a statement, the president said he was also saddened that Afghan civilians lost their lives in the incident. He praised the sacrifice the Americans and our Afghan partners make each and every day in the name of freedom and security.
Obama added their willingness to serve so selflessly would not be forgotten. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and loved ones during this difficult hour.”
In a separate statement, Carter said he was saddened to hear about the tragic C-130 crash. “While we are still trying to determine exactly what happened, this is a reminder of the risks that our men and women face serving their country in remote places all over the world.”
He underlined the importance of their service, and the critical mission they died supporting. He expressed condolences to the families of the Afghans killed in the crash. We remain committed with our coalition partners to helping the people of Afghanistan build a secure and peaceful country.”
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