House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith released the following statement today on the casualties in Afghanistan:

"Today was a difficult day for our nation, our Armed Services and especially for the families and loved ones of the brave service members who lost their lives.

"This terrible incident serves as a stark reminder of the sacrifice made by our service men and women as well as their families. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with them. In the days and months ahead, I will continue to focus on ensuring that the mission is worthy of their sacrifice."