U.S. President Barack Obama, with first lady Michelle Obama, delivers remarks at a Christmas reception with service members at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii December 25, 2015. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
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President Barack Obama called the six U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan on Monday "outstanding" and "brave" as he thanked American service members on Friday during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanoehe Bay."Even though we have been able to reduce the number of folks we're deploying to places like Iraq and Afghanistan, there are still folks over there every single day and it's still dangerous as we saw this past week with the outstanding, brave men and women who were killed," Obama said. The six American troops were killed when a suicide bomber on a motor bike struck their patrol near Bagram air base, marking the deadliest attack on U.S. forces this year. The Christmas Day remarks were the first time Obama had addressed the attack.On Wednesday, Obama called military service members from the Army, Navy and Air Force who are stationed around the world to thank them for their service, the White House said.
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