Amata’s Statement on Afghanistan Attacks

August 26, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata released the following statement as news developed Thursday of attacks on Afghan civilians and U.S. Service Members:

“We had heartbreaking reports Thursday from Afghanistan, where terrorist attacks took the lives of children, civilians, and US Service Members, despite the fact that U.S. forces are leaving. Members of our Armed Forces are there to protect and help people, and they are risking themselves heroically to save lives. This is a sad day for these military families and a tense time for anyone who might have a loved one serving there. Many of our own Toa o Samoa have served there over the years and elsewhere in the region, and we pray for their safety and all U.S. personnel.

“This is a very dangerous mission, but we must bring out Americans and our nation’s friends there. We can and should assess decisions later, but right now every one of us fully supports our military as they work to protect people and get them home.

“I would expect additional briefings for Congress at some point, as I know Leader McCarthy has already called for briefings. I will do what I can to help keep everyone informed.”

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