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U.S. Death Toll in Afghanistan Hits a Grim Record

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Posted on Aug 28, 2009
telegraph.co.uk

Powerful roadside bombs, a favored weapon of the Taliban, have pushed up the U.S. military death toll in Afghanistan.

With the death of a U.S. service member Friday, August now stands as the deadliest month ever for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Forty-five American troops have been killed so far this month, a disturbing sign that conditions in the nearly decade-long war are not getting any better.

The BBC:

An American service member died in a bomb blast in Afghanistan on Friday, making August the deadliest month of the eight-year war for U.S. forces.

The service member’s vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the east, NATO forces said. U.S. forces spokeswoman Capt. Elizabeth Mathias confirmed the nationality but did not provide further details.

The death brings to 45 the number of U.S. troops who have died in Afghanistan this month, surpassing the 44 troops killed in July, which had been the deadliest.

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By Wardag Army, August 31, 2009 at 7:13 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Obama is another cowboy just like the dead Reagan who supported the Afghan freedom fighters against the Soviets. Now that the whole world is turned against the Taliban i.e the Pashtun people, Mr. Obama is getting a lot of reassurances from the US generals that the war will be won and that the American influence will stretch far from Afghanistan into the neighbouring Pakistan. One must ask, why the US invaded Afghanistan? There are many reasons: one of the is the Pipeline i.e gas. 2nd is New World Order influence and power. 3rd is Khurasan i.e to defeat the Pashtun people who will be the army of Imam Al-Mahdi who will kill the Anti-crist i.e the leader of the freemasons and the New World Order. So Afghanistan was, is and will be till the end the land of traps for the invaders and colonialists. An

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By glider, August 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment

I am pretty sure Obama has been seduced by the military industrial complex at best.  At worst he was a tool from the beginning.  He is being “advised” that past problems are gone, that the new paradigm will succeed and there will be no repeat of Vietnam.  Same old same old.  They are trying to sell him on the new insurgent warfare strategy, of which drone surveillance/calculated killing is a key element.  This will keep the military industrial complex humming along just fine for the near future soaking up tax payer dollars at the expense of US tax payers.  The technology is formidable but so is the will of an occupied people.  As in Vietnam they will not sit still and will respond with an effective counter-strategy in my opinion.  So more of the same from Obama.  Death and imperialism instead of taking care of our people.  How do these guys sleep at night?  NO CHANGE AND NOTHING TO BELIEVE IN. F***-YOU BARACK “PIED PIPER” OBAMA!

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By Mary Ann McNeely, August 29, 2009 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

Obama is pissing blood.

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By bogi666, August 29, 2009 at 5:30 am Link to this comment

The model for the Pentagon’s adventure into AfPak are the wars the American/Canadian governments conducted against the indigenous native American tribes and the Pentagon doesn’t know it. There was no escape from north America for the indigenous tribes except to Canada whose government was working in lock step with the American government to get rid of the “indigenous"problem. It was unsuccessful, not for lack of trying, but just too vast an area and some tribes could hide. The AfPaki’s can escape somewhere and the Pakistan government has not complied with the extermination process as the Canadian government did.

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By Outraged, August 29, 2009 at 2:12 am Link to this comment

Where are the pictures, where is the DAILY toll that I experienced as a child.  Where is it?  I want the war pictures, I want the REALITY, I want to SEE vividly the bodies.  Where are the bodies?  Where are not only the deaths, but the injured for life?  Where are the children’s faces?

Does anyone one else recall, as I do…. the faces?  I remember.  Why is it that THIS GENERATION is denied the faces?  We are being denied the faces, make no mistake.

My children have not seen the faces….. where are the FACES of WAR?  I saw them, where are they…... both sides.

Where are the faces?

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By msgmi, August 28, 2009 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment
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Lessons of the past can be influencial. Alexander The Great passed through and kept going. The Soviets entered to support their proxy kahunas and declared victory followed by withdrawal.

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By SteveL, August 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

Historically Iraq and Afghanistan have to be the worst places for a foreign army. 
Any good reasons we are still in either place now?

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By slapbangwallah, August 28, 2009 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment
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Question for Karzai:  how’s the pipeline coming along?  As the late George Carlin said:  “If you go into another country packing heat, expect some action.”

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By ChaoticGood, August 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment

War is Peace - Orwell 1984

Afganistan cannot be “won” in the traditional sense of winning a war.  It is a nation building exercise, thats all.

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By bane-richter, August 28, 2009 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment

Interestingly enough, body counts are what the 4th Estate do with regularity. This is because the deaths of US Soldiers are popular on both the right, and what’s referred to as the left.
It’s much more valuable to stay away from the motivations, politics and criminality of a war, instead the status quo, distracts, blurs with reporting on facts that are important, but fail; and become useful as propoganda.  The press is a dangerous institution in a declining Empire - they largely defend the Defense Contractor, the DOD; prefering body counts, and other pornographic trivia to entertain the masses. How many Afghan bodies have piled up this month?

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By glider, August 28, 2009 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

More Change We Can Believe In…

Who did I just vote for?? Un f..ing believable

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