The other day a story hit the wire about August being the deadliest month in Afghanistan since we went in there in October 2001.
August has become the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan, where international forces have started to go home and let Afghan forces take charge of securing their country.
A record 66 U.S. troops have died so far this month, eclipsing the 65 killed in July 2010, according to a tally by The Associated Press.
This month’s death toll soared when 30 Americans – most of them elite Navy SEALs – were killed in a helicopter crash Aug. 6. They were aboard a Chinook shot down as it was flying in to help Army Rangers who had come under fire in Wardak province. It was the single deadliest incident of war being waged by Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces and insurgents.
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Of course a big reason for this sad distinction is the downing of the Chinook that killed 30 Americans on August 6th. However it was still a bad month all around and with recent events in the last few days, it is clear our enemies are not letting up the pressure.
U.S. officials say a Pakistani terror group linked to the Taliban was behind Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. embassy in Kabul.
No Americans were hurt, but CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark reports the ease of the attack raises serious questions about whether Afghans can protect their capital.The siege ended Wednesday morning, after 20 hours of fierce fighting, leaving 27 people dead, including the attackers.
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and don’t forget just two days before that attack was this huge attack on 9/11/11
Authorities believe a truck carrying more than 1,500 pounds of explosives caused a massive blast outside a combat outpost that injured 77 U.S. troops and killed at least two Afghan civilians over the weekend, a U.S. military official said.
The attack — which occurred on the eve of the 10th anniversary of al Qaeda’s 9/11 attack on the United States — left a large crater at the site that could be 20 feet deep, according to the official, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation.
Most of the U.S. troops have concussions, the military official said. More than half of them were evacuated to U.S. military medical installations for evaluation, but all are expected to return to duty, the official said.
Two Afghan civilians were killed and 25 others were wounded in attack, U.S. Army Sgt. Lindsey Kibler said.
The truck bombing took place in the central-east province of Wardak, and those killed were Afghan laborers, said Shahidullah Shahid, the Wardak governor’s spokesman.
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So I think it is pretty clear that the Taliban/HiG are not backing down yet and are doing their best to convince the Afghan people that the Government of Afghanistan cannot make them safe. The security forces in Kabul need to be at the top of thier game becuase even if an attack like this does not amount to much, the pshycological impact it has on the Afghans and the confidence of coalition partner’s citizens is significant.