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Ambassador David H. Thorne Statement on the January 18 Death of Italian Alpino, Luca Sanna, in Bala Murghab

U.S. Ambassador David H. Thorne

U.S. Ambassador David H. Thorne

Afghanistan, January 18, 2011

I spent much of today in Herat and Kabul in the company of Italians helping bring stability to Afghanistan and its people.   It was therefore especially tragic for me to learn of the death of another brave Italian Alpino, Luca Sanna, in today’s incident in Bala Murghab.

On behalf of the American people and government, I extend my deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of the soldier killed in today’s incident.  Our thoughts and prayers are also with his injured compatriot.  I saw first hand today that their sacrifice, and Italian military and civilian dedication, are making an important difference in the lives of Afghans.