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KABUL, Afghanistan - The following is a statement by Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, International Security Assistance Force commander:
"Yesterday we lost seven Georgian service members during a vehicle-borne IED attack on their base in Helmand Province. I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the fallen and those who served with them. Their memories remain in our hearts and we will never forget their service and sacrifice.
"While this is a sad moment for the Georgian people and the coalition forces, we will not be deterred from our efforts to bring stability and security to the Afghan people. Georgia's support of the ISAF mission has been steadfast and tangible. While many have contributed to the security improvements in Afghanistan, Georgian soldiers have always stood out for their toughness and willingness to take on difficult missions. Georgia has more than 1,500 troops serving in Helmand Province, making it the largest non-NATO contributor to ISAF. ISAF will always be grateful for Georgia's contribution and commitment.
"The enemies of Afghanistan continue to use tactics like yesterday's attack to try to slow the momentum of progress, but they will fail. ISAF and Georgia remain committed to working together with the ANSF as we continue to build on the progress made toward a brighter future for the Afghan people."