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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 688-11
August 06, 2011

Statement from the Secretary of Defense

             "I am deeply saddened by the loss of many outstanding Americans in uniform and of their Afghan counterparts earlier today in Afghanistan.  Their courage was exemplary, as was their determination to make this a safer world for their countries and for their fellow citizens.  We will stay the course to complete that mission, for which they and all who have served and lost their lives in Afghanistan have made the ultimate sacrifice.  They and their families are in my thoughts, in my prayers and in my heart."