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August: Deadliest month for U.S. in Afghanistan

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posted on Sep, 2 2011 @ 03:34 AM
August: Deadliest month for U.S. in Afghanistan

By Deb Riechmann - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Aug 30, 2011 8:50:33 EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — August has become the deadliest month yet for U.S. forces in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan, increasing pressure on the Obama administration to bring troops home sooner rather than later.

The 66 U.S. service members killed this month eclipses the previous record of 65 killed in July 2010, according to an Associated Press tally. Nearly half the August deaths occurred when insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter Aug. 6, killing 30 American troops, mostly elite Navy SEALs.
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Violence is being reported across Afghanistan despite the U.S.-led coalition’s drive to rout insurgents from their strongholds in the south.

Though American military officials predicted high casualties this summer as the Taliban try to come back after recent offensives, the grim milestone increases pressure on the Obama administration to withdraw U.S. forces quickly.

The military has begun to implement President Barack Obama’s order to withdraw the 33,000 extra troops he dispatched to the war. He ordered 10,000 out this year and another 23,000 withdrawn by the summer of 2012, leaving about 68,000 U.S. troops on the ground. Although major combat units are not expected to start leaving until late fall, two National Guard regiments comprising about 1,000 soldiers started going home last month.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has set the end of 2014 as the target date for Afghan police and soldiers to take the lead in protecting and defending the country, leaving international combat forces to go home or take on more support roles.

“We have to look at what commanders were saying all along throughout the course of the year — that we’re really not going to know until October, at the end of this fighting season, how much progress we’ve had,” Dressler said.

Besides the 66 Americans killed so far this month, the NATO coalition suffered the loss of 14 other troops: two British, four French, one New Zealander, one Australian, one Polish and five others whose nationalities have not yet been disclosed.

So far this year, 403 international service members, including at least 299 Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan.

August: Deadliest month for U.S. in Afghanistan

people around the world dying for a lost cause for what to generate more money it's the only reason the nwo starts them is to line there pockets they don't care how many people have to die for them
know one wants to just talk things out , is there no love left in this world ?

posted on Sep, 2 2011 @ 03:57 AM
coincidentally, it was 30 elite navy seals that took down bin laden. al qaeda kept its word and avenged bin ladens death by taking 30 of theirs.

here i heard on cnn that al qaeda is on the ropes and almost destroyed.

shooting down chinooks and killing 30+ elite soldiers doesn't look like they're on the ropes.

al qaeda and the taliban lose a fighter, all they lost was the cost of an ak-47, maybe an rpg, a cot and a blanket. and they have 60 more ready to take his place.

america loses a soldier, it loses hundreds of thousands of dollars in training, gear, body armor, bunkers, equipment, vehicles, planes, helicopters and weaponry.

posted on Sep, 2 2011 @ 04:03 AM

Originally posted by WeAreNothingWithoutGOD
August: Deadliest month for U.S. in Afghanistan

And in other related news...
June Was Deadliest Month for U.S. in Iraq Since 2008
July deadliest month in Iraq for two years

Must be because the job is nearly completed, and everyone is ready to handover to the locals.

(lots more rolleyes needed here)

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