April 23rd, 2010
08:57 AM ET

2 U.S. troops, 5 militants killed in Afghan fighting

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) - Two U.S. service members and five insurgents were killed in a firefight in Afghanistan, the NATO-led command said Friday.

The incident took place late Thursday in Logar province, southeast of Kabul, when international and Afghan troops went to a compound in the Pul-e Alam district where insurgent activity was suspected.

Troops received machine gun fire from different points of the location and shot back, trading fire with the people inside, NATO said. The two U.S. troops died of wounds sustained in the firefight.

A Taliban suicide attack commander was among the five insurgents killed, NATO said. The commander had ties to the Haqqani network, a militant operation with links to the Taliban.

The forces searched the compound and found weapons, including rifles and bomb materials.

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  1. Donna

    To Mohammad A Dar,

    Thank you for your words to me.

    All four of these young people have been taught in my home to honor all life. Our descent is American Indian, Christian, and Muslim from North Africa (distantly). I have raised my children and grandchildren to not be rascist, biased, or intolerant of others. I have raised them all to walk the Red Road of honor.

    I can assure you, they all have internalized the values instilled in them. They will not, and could not, commit any atrocities against any people. My eldest son was a Marine in Desert Storm. He witnessed the poverty, hunger, deprivations, and fear while in the Mid East. He carries some of those images with him to this day, and they haunt him. My youngest son, during his first week in Afghanistan, met a man who was bare-footed and who asked him for some boots. It broke his heart that he had none to give him. A few weeks later, he gave some bottled water to a small child who was thirsty. These images will also remain with him for the rest of his life.

    What all of this has engendered for my children is now being manifested in personal projects in their deployment. A gathering of school supplies, clothing, and whatever is needed being sent from home (here) to help the people in Afghanistan. From the words of one son, "I want to do something to help these people."

    My children also wish only good for the peace loving people in Afghanistan, who just want to live their lives in harmony. The people they meet and speak with in the markets and bazaars. The people they are growing to love.

    I pray for them all (mine and yours) to be safe, for their spirits, minds, and hearts to heal.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      well written Donna. May god be with your sons and others who are deployed there always!!

      September 16, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel-2

    @oneplanetonepeople.So well put.I feel disgusted every time I see these mean-spirited right-wing idiots blogging in here gloating over peoples' deaths like killing was such a wonderful thing.I bet they wouldn't like it if their own families were to be on the receiving end of all this butchery.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tim L.

    @A friend of the fallen;

    Well said my friend. To the negative people who post anti-american sediment. The people who say they are american but speak nothing but hate and disapprovale of our fighting men and women of the armed forces.

    DO THE WORLD A FAVOR. TAKE YOUR BOTTOM LIP AND PULL IT OVER YOUR HEAD AND SWALLOW.

    People who comment like that are in my eyes traders to the us flag. they should be blind folded and shot for treason to there country and to the ones that are no us citizens, no one asked you to come to america so get out if you dont like us. Go live the dream some where else.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dan Lafayette,IN

    To all those who kill innocent people without remorse may God have quick judgment upon your souls and those who use religion to justify their killings may they burn in hell forever!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. William

    To all troops. Stay low and may your aim be outstanding. Semper Fi!

    April 27, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Susan

    As a mother of a Fallen Hero kill as many Miltants as you can. My son as well as many others gave his life to keep this country out of harms' way. God Bless our troops.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. you can't handle the truth

    It's a real shame to see people who have the freedoms they do who can't or won't support those people who are still fighting, risking their lives, being away from everything they know to give you the opportunity to live a "normal everyday life" sitting infront of a computer yapping away about how the war needs to stop or they are cruel for the violence they carried out. Do you need a history lesson? Wars has been a way of life since the BC era, grab a book, do a little reading(if you can) and understand that its a way of life. Moral? Who knows? But the fact of the matter is you may not be sitting there reading this if it weren't for those doing their job. "Military action is important to the nation-it is the ground of death and life, the path of survival and destruction, so it is imperative to examine it"

    April 27, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Initnow

    Dear James Bullocks,

    How good of a shot are you? I bet you can hit targets at 250 no prob. The only problem with that is that targets cannot shoot back at you. Ever had a bullet graze a building you are hiding behind? Ever had a round hit you in the chest, barely stopped by the body armor you wear? I have suspicions that people that talk all day on these forums that have negative things to say don't even realize that all of this put out here is media. Right to free speech is great and I am glad to see people using it. You are welcome, and we over here expect no return, no reward, and no thanks. We do it because some of us have the balls to care for something bigger than ourselves.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jester

    these soldiers who died are brave but sadly nobody knows what cause did they gave their life for? First they came to get Osama, then they said they are going to destroy taliban and free afghanistan and now its about freedom and democracy, when will the americans make up their mind? the whole world all this war is just to get an important strategic location somewhere in between China,Russia and Iran , but no the soldiers must know that US is their to support freedom and democracy, well next time try checking the countries you buy oil from, LIARS
    GO HOME AMERICA

    April 27, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. robert

    What happened to all the so called anti war protesters? They stayat home now that their guy is running th war is ok now.

    They never were against the war. They were against Bush and used the war against him so they could get their man in and then war would be ok because a demo puike was running instead of a repuke. Right?

    Change you can beleive in? I dont beleive in anything this guy has done. Nothing.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    Why is this not a lead story? Since when do our soldiers die on a side article on CNN? What happened to Obama's promises to bring the troops back? Where are all those so called patriots who demonstrated so vigorously against the Bush administration every time a soldier caught a cold?

    What is happening to this country? Why are the lives of our soldiers only important during an election? What the hell is going on???

    God bless our troops no matter where they are and may God save us from those who think they can lead.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mohammad A Dar

    Dear "Whatever"

    I am the Mom of 3, Grammy of 12, and soon to be Great-Grammy of 2. I am also a staunch believer that war is not the answer to all of the socio-political problems created in this world. I consider life to be a gift, to be nurtured, respected, and honored. I walk carefully upon the Earth in the knowledge that ALL living things deserve respect and honor, as all come to us from the Creator.
    I worked for 41 yrs. as a nurse, saved many many lives, and never actively or passively contributed to the death of another human being. i am NOT a right-wing Republican, nor a left-wing Democrat. Neither am I a Christian, Muslim, or of the Jewish faith. --------–God bless you, the world need people like you. We wish no harm to your children in Afghanistan. I wish they were there like the Americans of the sixties, They had no animosity towards no one. America was respected and loved. But thanks to the later administrations and their actions have brought nothing but disaster around the globe. It takes two to tackle, Guns never win the wars but god will wins the harts, No body knows better than you, being a nurse. We wish no harm to your children and hope they do not commit no atrocity, as has been the case frequently.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Eileen

    Why is the noun "troops" being used as a synonim to the noun "soldiers?" Reporters and prestigious TV stations use it that way. Example: "two U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan" (meaning two soldiers). The word "troops" is a collective noun, it refers to a group. In my opinion, it is incorrect to say "two troops" meaning to say "two soldiers", unless one refers to two groups of soldiers.

    Can CNN respond and explain, please?

    Thank you.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mohammad A Dar

    Mohammed Rezi, Islam is aces at defaming itself, it needs no help. What do we have in the news today? Poisoning shoolgirls, how brave, how pious, you must be so proud.
    Posted by: Old Squid------------No body is sure who did it. Learn to investigate before making any claim, unless you are one of those blinded hate mongers , who see others faults in their own misdeeds. and it is according to the news.

    April 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Candice

    Both casualties were Army Rangers. Rest in peace men. God bless you. Your Country will never forget your sacrifice. My prayers to the Parents of both men for the terrible loss.

    Our men and women are doing a great job in Afghanistan and I support you!

    April 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      WE DONT KNOW WHAT WAS IN THEIR MINDS WHEN THEY HAD TO LEAVE THIS WORLD.. I AM SURE THEY KNEW THEIR MISSION WELL. YET IT IS DIFFICULT TO THE PARENTS AS CHILDREN ARE PRECIOUS NO MATTER WHAT AGE THEY ARE.STILL..... THEY DIED FOR A SPECIAL PURPOSE. WHICH WE NEVER FORGET.THAT IS TO MAKE OTHERS LIVE FREELY. THEY WILL BE REMEMBERED FOREVER .

      September 16, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  16. Here now

    You know I really love it when cowards use the deaths of our brothers in arms to use as a stepping stone to push their liberal agenda. You know what though we (because I'm one of those people you don't like) know that most of these negative comments come from spoiled rotten kids who believe everything their liberal professor throws at them in school. Yes I am an educated man, but I know there is a time and place for everything, but spewing your hate takes away from these boys lives and it's disgusting. I'm sure the Phelps clan would love for you to join them. As for what do the Afghan civilians think I worlk with Afghan Police and Soldiers everyday and they do care. They are citizen Soldiers just like us and they want a free Afghanistan and they fight and die just like us. It's amazing that some of you think their is some huge military conspiracy to cover up civilian casualties, but there is not. You have no idea of the pressure that is placed on our Soldiers and Marines to not pull the trigger if it means civilians could be harmed. Some of you are so simple minded that you fall so easily into the trap of the enemies information operations campaign. That includes the United States Media who try to make something out of nothing and never report the good only the bad. That's what makes money.

    April 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Larry Valecia, Calif.

    I'm a veteran myself.... I was in from 1959 to 1965... This Country fights for the freedom not only for This Country but People all over the world... He we didn't fight the Korean & Vietnam Wars the Communist right now!!! We are learning from each war how to the better way to win the wars... The problem before we had a loser Bush Jr. running it and now we have Obama to fix both of them!!!

    April 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mohammad A Dar

    Please stop this murder competition,You all are human and deserve to be like humans.Nobody can be immortal by killing others.The onus of passing safe,peaceful and harmonious ambience lies with us.
    Posted by: Anju Anju -------–Agreed hundred percent. Wishes, and pleas are nothing but wishful thinking, until and unless Tyrants (criminal) Tyranny (crime) is eliminated. Victim can not be asked to stop, till the tyrant bows to the right (limit, truth) of the victim. Instead of requesting, please advocate for the victim. This is the only way to stop this carnage. Calling the victim a criminal for acting in self defense is not just a crime, but a shear ignorance. (Knowing the truth but denying the truth)

    April 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Old Squid

    Mohammed Rezi, Islam is aces at defaming itself, it needs no help. What do we have in the news today? Poisoning shoolgirls, how brave, how pious, you must be so proud.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  20. Known offender

    Empire USA is quickly crumbling, make no mistake.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  21. Mike in KC

    Both casualties were Army Rangers. Rest in peace men. God bless you. Your Country will never forget your sacrifice. My prayers to the Parents of both men for the terrible loss. RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!

    April 26, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  22. Mohammed Rezi

    God is great. Bless those men who died fighting those who would defame Islam, those who kill their Muslim brothers and sisters deliberately.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  23. oneplanetonepeople

    so true @whatever... these are the voices of the ignorant. people who dont know or understand history, the history of wars of aggressors like the US, and where it eventually leads them. i feel sorry for these vets who support all this bloodshed, but really, they know in their hearts this is an unjust war of attrition against a makeshift civilian militia fighting poor, misled, abused, uneducated young afghanis who need schools and public sanitation and jobs, not million dollar american bombs dropped on their heads by million dollar trained american 20 somethings who are racist and ignorant and poor just like them. while the ones who led them into this are the children of wealth and privelege, who sit back and gloat and collect more wealth and more power as they pit the masses against one another. one truth they can not ignore is the evidence suggests we are going to fail, if history is any guide, and when we do fail, it will be epic.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  24. oneplanetonepeople

    what a sad day when these people gloat over war dead as if killing a few militants is going to improve their lot in life or protect them from the real danger which is their own american civilians turned aggressors. they call muslims names and insult their beliefs when their own catholic church is ripe with corruption and sexual perversion. their own financial and political systems are loaded with abusers of trust, users of pornography and drugs, prejudices, classism and greed and corruption. you americans are a laughing stock, the only people not laughing at you right now are you! look how many of you have not learned the lessons of history: glorifying war dead in an unjust act of aggression against a sovereign country which did not attack you. murdering the local inhabitants and then relishing in it. good job america, raising your children to hate and gloat over the death of "enemies" who could very well be your own brothers and sisters had you been born there instead of here. god bless the rebels, the freedom fighters, and those who fight and die for truth and justice! all aggressors eventually collapse and fall under the weight of their own decadance, pride and self-righteous ignorance, as history has shown us.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  25. service member in Afghanistan

    Whatever, you have absolutely no idea what is going on over here. The Taliban and their ideals have no problem sending a donkey cart filled with IED material and two children to blow up a Afghan police man in the name of Allah. They also purposely burn the Quran and tell the public here that we did it to gain the support of locals..again in the name of Allah. Every time I question someone here I am told there is no Taliban yet I get shot at the day before or come upon an IED two to three days in a row. But they don't lie. We actually do everything we can to protect not only ourselves but the people that we are around, regardless of the differing views that we may have. Our job is simple but complex at the same time...train the Afghans so that they can PROTECT themselves when we eventually leave. It is not to come in here and simply kill for the sake of killing like wars in the past. Get your facts straight before you post such a ridiculous comment.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  26. James Bollucks

    2:5?

    that's a Loss exchange ratio of 1 to 2.5. LAME! I expected our country's finest to do better. All that body armors and fancy guns against rusty kalashnikovs, and the they can't even kill three militants without lossing one of their own. What the heck??? They had a better ratio in Nam.

    April 26, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      James Bollucks. You are nuts...

      June 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  27. missingmyrakkasan

    To you HYPOCRITES: You talk so freely about how horrible this nation is! FREELY!! Do you know what would happen to you if you spoke so freely in Afganistan?? Well just incase you didnt know, ill give you some suggestions on what prob would happen to you.. How about being hung, beaten. raped or stoned!!! They have NO freedom!
    Our soldiers put their lives on the line everyday, hours on end, risking their lives so that YOU can FREELY speak, and for the civillians of Afghanistan to hopefully have as much freedom as you take for granted . You should be ashamed of mocking them and what they stand for! How many of you would risk everything, for people you dont even know?? I
    I pray you NEVER have to feel the pain that the family members of these fallen soldiers are feeling! How many of you go to sleep at nght praying you dont wake up to THAT knock on your door? How many of you run to the mail carrier, praying you hear from your loved one?? Do you sleep by your pc at night in hopes that you get a few words in a email, saying they are safe?? Do you cry when you hear the sound or your loved ones voice over the phone??
    NO! You take Everything for granted!
    You should be Greatfull, for what THEY do for ALL OF US! Think about this when you lay your head down on your nice cumfy pillow tonight!

    April 26, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  28. SGT Joel Daniele

    I was deployed to logar province 08-09 and am pretty sure i know where this compound is in the capital of logar province, we weny there twice a week for meetings with the goverhor, it was always calm and uneventful inside this compound, its hard to imagine it being the location of such a firefight, my prayers are with the families of those killed, as well as with the soldiers still in the fight over there.

    April 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Donna

    Dear "Whatever"

    I am the Mom of 3, Grammy of 12, and soon to be Great-Grammy of 2. I am also a staunch believer that war is not the answer to all of the socio-political problems created in this world. I consider life to be a gift, to be nurtured, respected, and honored. I walk carefully upon the Earth in the knowledge that ALL living things deserve respect and honor, as all come to us from the Creator.
    I worked for 41 yrs. as a nurse, saved many many lives, and never actively or passively contributed to the death of another human being. i am NOT a right-wing Republican, nor a left-wing Democrat. Neither am I a Christian, Muslim, or of the Jewish faith.

    I feel sorry for you and all of the other arm-chair warriors in this country or any other. You make proclaimations from the comfort and safety of your most likely very well appointed home about who should live and who should die. I suppose it's comforting for you to know that you can voice your opinion with no threat of reprisal. However, if you feel the need to assign derogatory and demeaning names to those who may not agree with you, how solid can your argument be? Your rhetoric does not do honor to your parents or your ancestors, but brings into question what type of values (or lack of) were instilled in you by them.

    By the way, did I mention that both of my sons, one grandson, and one grand-daughter are presently in Afghanistan? It really hurts and distresses me to know that you wish them dead.

    April 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Smith in Oregon

    Civilian deaths caused by U.S. and other international forces are a highly sensitive issue in Afghanistan. Public outrage over such civilian slaughters and civilian deaths prompted the top commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal last year to tighten the rules on the use of airstrikes and other weaponry if civilians are at risk.

    Witnesses said hundreds of people blocked a main road in Logar province, west of Kabul, and burned several trucks to protest what they said were civilian deaths in NATO operations. They gathered hours after NATO said coalition troops killed several insurgents and captured a Taliban sub-commander. "The people are very, very angry, they are saying these people killed are innocent civilians," provincial spokesman Din Mohammad Darwesh stated.

    And the previous week, hundreds of Afghanistan residents in Logar protested yet another NATO operation, saying they were not convinced the victims were actually Taliban fighters and dozens of Afghanistan women and children were killed.

    April 25, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  31. computers dont blunder

    unless you've been there, and experienced the truth of what was Afghanistan, compared to what it is now, you have no say. you cannot rely on the media to tell you the truth, they bend it too satisfy your American dreams.

    April 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  32. mindy1

    RIP😦

    April 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Dan Lafayette,IN

    The more of these Islamic fanatics that we kill the better off the world is! These people have no regard for life. They kill as many people as they can, women and children alike, who oppose their way of life which is rooted from 6th century Islamic laws. These laws and their punishments are inhumane and should be changed by Islamic governments here in the 21st century! Wake up people God does not want us to force a way of life on people but he does want people to have the right to choose the way they want to live and that is their God given right!

    April 25, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  34. Adam in Canada

    Dear A friend of the fallen....

    Free Speech is great isn't it! I for one can confidently say that judging by American headlines really no body is safe in your beautiful "but gun / war crazy" nation. This to me is sad, because its a country with so much potential but yearly over 20,000 deaths by gun murders alone.

    Troops are not over there fighting for your freedom either, a lot of people seem to equate war with fighting for the freedom of the homeland. Often times, war is retaliatory; look no further then Pearl Harbor and Afghanistan. Yes, Al-Qaeda attacked your nation, but your freedom was never really put in jeopardy. Move to a country like ? Minamar ? ruled by a Military ? Junta ? whatever the heck that means, that is having no freedom!
    ----

    You lost your freedom because if you transferred $25,000 to Al-Qaeda you can now be charged? Because the government can Wire Tap your phones? They already been doing that for years its not a new threat nor unreasonable. If you dont want people to find out your crimes / your past do not talk about it on an interceptable telephone line lmao

    April 25, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  35. Jonathan Ernst

    Kudos to Michael Holmes and his crew ..... all politics aside ... thanks to CNN for getting their camera crews in there regardless of motive or political agenda...do we , the US need to be there...NO...did we learn anything from the Soviet Fiasco ?...NO...the Afghans kicked ass on the Soviets and basically bankrupted the Kremlin....did Bush and now Obama with their Harvard Pedigrees learn anything ?...you be the judge....the Afghans are and always will be a warring people...study real history...they will rape and kill their own wives and daughters in the streets , and then receive a round of applause from the elders of the town...spread Democracy ?...who is Obama and Washington trying to fool...follow the money...war is perpetuated by those who have within their grasp , the power to deny conflict , and yet allow it...WHY...$$$$$...Big $$$$...from Both sides of the Isle in DC , Republicans and Democrats.... and the real price is being paid by our sons and daughters , who have sworn an oath to protect the liberties and freedoms afforded in our US Constitution...which , by the way is not recognized in Afghanistan...so , again , WHY are we there ?....Do I personally have a stake in this war...Hell , Yes ...That,s my daughter walking around with CNN reporter Michael Holmes...the one Michael refers to as , "receiving attention because she is the only female on foot patrol " OOOOPS !...there goes that ignorant misnomer that women in the military don't take up front-line combat positions...thank you , Michael Holmes for your insight into the Afghans' curiosity towards women in uniform....and just as a side-bar , Michael...the Afghans are suspicious of their own shadows...it is in their makeup to distrust even their own...that is how they have survived these past few millennia...so don't take it personally if you can't win them over...however , they will cooperate , because you have something they want......

    April 25, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  36. Denis Jonnes

    I agree that we can never and will never know the truth about reports coming out of Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq. The truth is–despite hundreds of billions spent on "intelligence"– we know next to zilch about these countries, their peoples and their cultures.

    To expect young American troops to have expertise to determine who is who and who is doing what–which means knowing the language, the customs, country's way of life–is an impossible task. We didn't know what was really going on in Vietnam and we paid a terrible price. The Pentagon wants to rule the globe and has its hundreds of bases around the world (for which we pay a trillion dollars a year) and it needs excuses to go to war, which means excuses to send young American men and women to die. The war on terror–like the war on drugs (we are letting Afghanis grow opium poppies again to show our support for the economy)–is all a huge Pentagon scam that makes whatever Wall Street has been doing look like tiddly-winks.

    April 25, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  37. Army Wife

    To whatever, and those that feel like him. I know you have the freedom to saw whatever you like. That's why I love my country, and support the US Military. You will probably never have to worry about a loved one being far away from home, in danger, to protect me, and all others in the US .. including fools like you. I go to bed every night worried about my husband, and wake up every morning praying that he's ok. I just read this and my heart sank and I immediately begin to wonder if it was my husband who was killed. I start thinking of my life without him, and my world just falls apart. And as I'm reading your stupid comment, my husband sends me a quick email to let me know he's ok and he only has 2 minutes to check in with me. THIS is my daily routine, as well as all others who have husbands, wives, sons, daughters and loved ones serving far away from home. Wish you could be in my shoes for one day... or my husband's, and maybe you won't be so quick to post stupid comments. To the families who lost a loved one today, my prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless all...

    April 25, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  38. bob puharic

    If Islamist fanatics hadn't attacked us on 9/11 it wouldnt be necessary to kill them. We will stay as long as necessary and spend as much as it takes to destroy the fascist imperialist aggressors. Muslims who think we're out to kill Muslims should visit ground zero in NY. See what your religion has caused.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jack

    Bring our troops home.

    April 24, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  40. jerry berkhouse

    God bless and help all of our Military people whereever they are as they never know when they will be in harms way .If I was 40 years younger I would gladly take the place of anyone of them so they could be home. I am a USAF veteran and proud of it . I have a Granddaughter in the National Guard,who will possibly be deployed by the end of the year.Take care guys and gals and keep your heads down. We will pray for you and your families

    April 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jimbo

    God bless our troops. Semper Paratus, Semper Fidelis

    April 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  42. michael

    may our troops souls rest in peace, good enough they caught and defeated more militants but more is needed to be done there

    April 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  43. pastor mclauchlin

    my son home called today, I pray for troops and families. God Bless

    April 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  44. chris

    GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS For all you people who talk about soldiers being thugs and killing civilians, if you have not been there you have no idea whwt you are speaking about but thats ok our soldiers have paid in blood for your right to say it. Trust me the first time you see a little girl who has been set on fire just because she wanted to go to school you will never have to ask why we fight. god willing (ensha alli) we will win this war and bring peace and hope to people who know only fear and death. god bless everone

    April 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  45. john

    Lets let our troops give them the same as they would give our innocent civilians on 9/11.

    April 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Treason to the Patriot Act

    You call them militants but I call them freedom fighters. That is what happens when you invade other countries the indigenous people tend to fight back. You call this war but it looks a lot more like genocide.

    April 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Someone who was there.

    How beautiful the freedom of speech is. How wonderful it is that you can express your dislike for your government and whatever action you disagree with. How sad it is that you call those who protect those rights "drones". For those that swear we are killing innocent civilians and claiming that they are insurgents, are you sure they are not insurgents disquising themselves as civilians? My heart goes out to those families of our fallen soldiers. It would anger me that you use your speech to repeat unproven opinions as "facts" and speak against the very ones who make up LESS THAN 1% of the population willing to lay their LIVES down for your comforts, but I fight for your right to do so. What a wonderful country we live in and few of us protect.

    April 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Mohammad A Dar

    Oh and let's not forget about the women in Afghanistan. Do you think the women are pro-taliban....I DOUBT THAT SERIOUSLY....--------USA and western culture is very popular with the Afghan women? According to the Pols 99 percent of the Muslim women look down at western way of life. Do your self a favor and have a look at your own way of life. In western culture, women is forced to work her regular job and take care of the home and kids too. what would you call it. Have the western men not tricked the women, by calling their slavery as freedom. Muslim women does not need it. So speak for your self, not for them un invited.

    April 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Paul

    @Mohhamad Al Dar

    What are you doing to your women? To your children? You prevent them from being educated in things outside the "law". Girls prevented, by force, from learning to read. Prevented from learning about other cultures, mathematics, physics and art. Why? Control. Control their minds with religious ideology and a male dominated system and you control that person. You control that woman to produce more men, who are "drones" to an Imam/leader/master who will one day direct them to kill civilians somewhere on our planet. The sooner we are all rid of this mindset, the better.
    As for "stopping the war". Thats the exact same thing as saying "Let the taliban kill who they want, chop off womens genitalia and cease educating females". GET REAL!
    People actually need help so they can live securely in Afghanistan, free from the Taliban's brutal stone-age tactics. The war will end the day that neanderthal taliban knuckle-draggers stop trying to dominate other humans, and let people choose their own path in life. C'mon modern day man!

    April 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  50. marine_sis

    dear "whatever" & other unsympathetic, ungrateful US citizens,
    right now, my 22 yr old brother is sleeping in the bathroom of a house abandonned by a drug lord. he has only MRE's to eat. he has left his 20 yr old girlfriend (whom he was going to marry but he deployed), his 2 yr old baby son, & the daughter that will be born any day now that he will not meet til she is 6 mos old. he has left his brother, sister, parents, & 2 yr old nephew who thinks he is his hero. he has left EVERYTHING he loves & knows to fight in a war that he will never know if he has made a difference in. but he fights because he has to...because someone has to. would YOU be BRAVE enough to be shot at? leave your children & your families, not knowing if you'll see them again?? WOULD YOU DIE FOR A CAUSE GREATER THAN YOUR PATHETIC LIVES?? he is a hero & a child. he is a son, father, & brother...AND HIS LIFE COUNTS. this is why he shoots his riffle, why he HAS to not stop to check identification of civilians or militants. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF SOMEONE ENGAGED YOU IN GUNFIRE? my best guess? cowards like you would duck, cover, & cry. people who have no respect for the lives lost have no idea what really goes on.
    do i agree with this war? no. do i wish he wasn't a marine? of course. but SOMEONE has to answer the call, SOMEONE has to defend our nation. and i am proud to say that MY BROTHER IS A US MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN!
    GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR FALLEN TROOPS, & OUR TROOPS IN COMBAT.
    -marine_sis
    ps, remember september 11th?? did the taliban DIRECTLY from afghanistan kill THOUSANDS of INNOCENT CIVILIANS? without provocation? these are the people we hunt, but war is war. i pray for the innocents lost, & more for the children the taliban teaches to fire guns & kill our marines. in that country, you can't even trust an 8 yr old CHILD. that is the worst crime of war...

    April 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Randy

    They did to fight a War like they did in World War Two.
    Then maybe the war will end. If we fight WWII like we fight today wars. World War Two would be still fighting today.

    April 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Larry Valecia, Calif.

    There are always some lose when your fighting in a war!!! How many of the Enemy did we kill??? How close are we to taking out agenda??? Those are the questions needed to be asked!!! As long as it helps make things better there it is worth it...

    April 24, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  53. rgvg

    If you have been there you know the vast majority of afgans want us there they want freedom. If we dont stop the talaban and others there they will be here blowing themselves up in our cities. The radical muslem agenda wants a one world religion that controls everything. if they can take The US then there will be no one to stop their drive. look whats happening in europe, they are close to controlling several countries there. Wake up just look at the media you can say any filthy thing about christians but OMG you dont dare say anything againest islam. Im just glad france and belgium are finally growing a pair and passing laws to begin fighting the spread of diesease called fundamentilst islam- the religion of death

    April 24, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  54. Ram This

    This is what we get when Presidents' renig on campaign pledges...
    We should be pulling our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan...
    2 dead U.S. soldiesr is a small price to pay for all of the tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children we have, unintentionally, unknowingly or really didn't care about, killed in Iraq and Afghanistan...
    Prepare more coffins, more U.S. soldiers are expected...

    April 24, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  55. arminf06

    Oh and let's not forget about the women in Afghanistan. Do you think the women are pro-taliban....I DOUBT THAT SERIOUSLY....

    April 24, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  56. arminf06

    Gee I think I've heard that US troops are responsible for the killings of civilian in Iraq and Afghanistan, Well I guess you never heard of the Taliban that has been occupying Afghanistan and terrorizing the peaceful muslims before the US got there. hmmmm that's strange...I guess the beheadings and executions of the civilian population caused by the Taliban doesn't count...You are such a fool if you believe the Taliban are for the good of the people there...Give me a freaking break...Taliban=BAD NEWS FOR THE CIVILIAN POPULATION.....

    April 24, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  57. Anju Anju

    Please stop this murder competition,You all are human and deserve to be like humans.Nobody can be immortal by killing others.The onus of passing safe,peaceful and harmonious ambience lies with us.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  58. Terry Li

    @Mike W

    do the math again, and show your work.

    April 24, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  59. Kirk

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Thank you men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. I know some of you don't want to be there, and I don't blame you.

    Again, Thank You!

    Retired, U.S. Navy

    April 24, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  60. Daniel-2

    I find it quite repulsive to see all these mean spirited right-wing fools blog in here glorifying these stupid wars.And glorifying those ungodly drones make me want to puke.Are we living in a sick society,or what?

    April 24, 2010 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  61. Daniel

    @whatever.Well put.Finally somebody agrees with me.

    April 24, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  62. A friend of the fallen

    Dear "whatever" (and those with similar sentiments),

    If you are an American, you have the right to say what you wish, and even to invent your own words, such as "accessment", but until you volunteer to join the men and women on the front lines giving up their own lives in places such as Afghanistan (far from family, friends, and the comforts they do not take for granted here) to protect the way of life for you and other people to ignorantly make up their own words, please spare our troops your negativity. They need all of the support we can give them.

    Until you have been there, you cannot fully understand; regardless of what any media "wants" you to believe. Walk down the street safely, sleep soundly, and enjoy your meals knowing that there are Americans overseas who cannot do these things on such a frequent schedule as you are able to.

    My deepest condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of all of the fallen. And my most sincere gratitude for those who continue to fight for all of us back home – we look forward to welcoming you back soon, safe and sound. Please forgive my fellow countrymen (even those who invent words and are easily persuaded by propaganda) for their ungrateful attitudes.

    Sincerely yours,
    A friend of too many fallen

    April 24, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  63. JR

    God bless our troops and god forgive the comments of anyone that truly believes that any one killed by the military are always civilians, always civlians in the midst of a wedding or just planting crops in the middle of the night.

    you would think that everyone in those armpit contries are always in the midst of some sort of wedding or funeral activity when a HELLFIRE missle found them.

    I am sure that the explosives and weapons found in their possession was delivered by accident by a druken Fedex delivery person.

    April 24, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  64. Manu Dev

    Most probabiliy third world war is going to start soon.still we have time to stop all these killing and mass murder.Otherwise nature is going to play a major role soon.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  65. whatever

    You people are such a joke. "Militants" doesn't mean anything. You actually believe another suicide commander was killed ? Could have been. But since there have been literally tens of thousands of civilians killed, and the US military does everything they can to slant the news coming out of the wars, it's probably even odds that some were civilians. Look, not too hard to understand, simpletons. Civilian deaths look very bad for the US military. Do you actually think they are going to accurately access the type of killing they do ? Do you halfwits even realize that much of the accessment is done by American soldiers aged 22 or less who ABSOLUTELY do not want to report to their superiors that they've killed more civilians ? There are ramnifications. And who wants those ?
    Shame about the 2 US boys. But you know what ? It's probably for the best. Maybe if 20 or 30 thousand US troops get killed, then maybe ignorant American sociopathic tendendies to jump into wars will be quelled, at least for a few years. Of course there's always a new generation of ignorant fools. And remember, 100,000 plus ciivilians have been murdered by the US thugs in Iraq and Afghanistan. So 20,000 dead US troops to prevent another war in the next 10-15 years actually saves many lives.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  66. bailoutsos

    America should never have put itself in a position of relying on oil from a foreign country. That policy would have saved America thousands of lives. Now America has the need to force "national security interests" on any nation that gets in the way of America getting oil. OIL is what keeps America tied to the Middle East and what happens there.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Mohammad A Dar

    Wish we wouldnt have lost any of our troops. Thats unfortunate, but the reality of course. I am glad they killed some militant Islamic types though. Those ones just have to go. I think we all need the good muslims to clean out their house, so our troops dont continually have to.
    Posted by: Paul------------–How would you like if a Muslim says, The good Christians should kill all the war mongering christian fundamentalist genitals and their Jews. That Muslim do not have to do it. Do not think your hands are clean, This war is not about , what it is being propagated about. It is about the La. the truth and law the fabrication, religiuly known as Mosaic law and the oral law. Oral law has been in governence of the world, but it has been challenged by the believers of the Truth, just like Masters Moses and Jesus and Mohammad, peace be upon them. I suggest read the history of Maccabees and Struggle by Master John the baptist and Master Jesus peace be upon them for the establishment of the Truth . The rule of La. Called Thee n ( Constitutional la.) in Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic. So is the aim of Islamic fighter.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • american

      mohammad RUN i hear a drone.

      July 4, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  68. Daniel-2

    Here we go again! More of these mean spririted right-wing fools bla-bla-blaing about how great a job those drones are doing like killing people is such a wonderful thing.It's starting to get repulsive.

    April 23, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  69. sevenveils

    Where was the Afghanistan Army in this fight?
    Quit saying what Afghanistan Army....

    April 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Paul

    Wish we wouldnt have lost any of our troops. Thats unfortunate, but the reality of course. I am glad they killed some militant Islamic types though. Those ones just have to go. I think we all need the good muslims to clean out their house, so our troops dont continually have to.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Eric

    This should have been front page news not Palin trying to convict a 20 year old for hacking her personal email.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Mohammad A Dar

    What a waste. what USA and its allies are trying to sustain, is not sustainable. Just pack and go home. Do not kill and do not die, just follow the truth, give others rights first and than ask yours.
    My deepest condolences to the grieving families for the dead.

    April 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  73. eh

    Our Prayers are with these brave troops and their families at this sad time.
    We are so proud of our men and women in the military. They wont be forgotten.

    April 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Jeremy B

    Semper fi

    April 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Mike W

    Our troops are worth 1,000 to 1 Taliban. Proud of the men and women that fight for us overseas! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families/friends. Mike in Iowa

    April 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Dennis

    nice job to the Us Miltary,Kill as many more Miltants as you can,

    April 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Jimmy

    Send in the Drones.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |