June 24th, 2010
08:45 AM ET

June deadliest month of Afghan war for coalition troops

June has now become the deadliest month of the Afghan war for coalition troops, a grave milestone in the nearly nine-year-old conflict.

Four British soldiers were killed in a "vehicle incident" on Wednesday in southern Afghanistan, bringing the monthly death toll to 80, a CNN count shows.

Home and Away: Casualties in Afghanistan

The grim development comes amid tumult among the war's leadership, with top military commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal resigning over disparaging comments he made about civilian officials in a magazine interview. He is to be replaced by Gen. David Petraeus, now head of U.S. Central Command and the
architect of the surge strategy in the Iraq war.

The four British soldiers were serving in northern Nahr-e Saraj of Helmand province as part of a police advisory team, according to Britain's Ministry of Defence. More than 300 British troops have been killed in the
Afghan war.

Along with Britain, troops from the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Denmark, Romania and Poland have died this month.

Many military deaths have occurred in bombings, and civilians have also died in similar incidents. NATO's International Security Assistance Force said seven construction workers in Uruzgan province were killed by a
remote-controlled bomb.

"Our nation is at war," said President Barack Obama, in his remarks at the White House on Wednesday about McChrystal. "We face a very tough fight in Afghanistan."

Home and Away: Casualties in Afghanistan

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  1. Alexander

    Every nation that has ever invaded Afghanistan has failed to stabilize the region. They have all ended up embroiled in a drawn-out, losing war with heavy casualties. We were idiots for invading it in the first place.

    June 25, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dianne

    @ Margaret
    Get a life. Mitch deserves to be picked on. He's weak. Maybe you and Mitch should get a room.

    June 24, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. paul

    hey-hey-hey- Don,t slander goverment or military leadership, these people are committed to bring rights and freedoms to people in other lands, most of which take for granted the simple values because of thier mentality is low, it is against western values to use the weapons that they need to bring this to a conclusion, so our troops suffer losses to bring some hope to people that would dye if they used the necessary weapons available to them, our mistake now is bringing them into our western countries, they should be createing employment where they come from for them, small people in western country,s can do nothing as banks will not lend to them, banks will steal the interest from senior citizens, as they fear looseing thier money, banks are for big business, the world has run it,s course and all any of us can do is accept what comes, it,s a big business world and we are caught up liveing in it,

    June 24, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dudemate

    Isn't it always deadliest? lol...

    June 24, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeremy

    Afgahanastan Crossroads!? =D I Pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisable with liberty and justice for all. This was written in 1892, thank's to Francis Bellamy. I am a Liberal from Fargo, ND... I do beleave that there is 100% Truth in "Rethink Afgahnastan" that you can all watch 4 yourselves on hulu.com "Live long and prosper" cnn.com bloggers.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mastersam2000

    General mcchrystal commited miltary career suicde or maybe there is a ulreior motive or reason. there is no way possible to reach that hight of miltary ranking and not knowing any better. and let assume that i am wrong that leaevs him a total idiot. america got lucky getting rid of him now or maybe the military lost fledgling member of juanta

    June 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gussieone

    More US military personnel died of suicide last month than in Afghanistan. Pay attention to the truth.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Neil Ellsworth

    This article got me thinking, and I decided to do some research. I found out that the average mortality rate per day during WWII for the Allies was over 7300 soldiers. That's more than have been killed in all of the nine years we've fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, combined. While I do not want to diminish the deaths of these brave soldiers who have fought these last nine years, we as a people should be less inclined towards complaints if we would only reflect on the sacrifices made by our grandparents.
    God bless our soldiers, and everyone who works for freedom worldwide.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeremy

    War is soo pimative. Damn it's 2010 & politics still controls almost everything in America. The money that out goverment & tax payers have spent in Afgahnastan & Iraq is in the Trillions!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Edward Nashville, TN

    We had 8 years of extremism under Bush now we are gonna have 4 or maybe 8 years of extremism under Obama on the opposite end of the political spectrum. We are screwed.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      Duh, the Bush adminstration got us into this to begin with. And define "screwed."

      June 25, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. mindy1

    RIP men and women and thanks:(

    June 24, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 7thseal

    I told you the truth, I said the general will go. The OIL will never stop! I tell you the truth, get out of Afghanistan. We have no RIGHT to be there. This is HOLY LAND! If our men and women still are there for 100 years, We'll never win. Stop letting our men and woman shed blood and die before their time! Stop wasting billions of dollars which is needed here.. America can save trillions in the long term. Other countries are being attacked too. Why are they leaving Afghanistan? There is a reason for this. That's for you to figure out. The Taliban does'nt want us! Bin Laden is dead my people. I tell you truth, take our military out of there. With the intelligence here, America and also the Nato allies, can protect and monitor the areas of the World. The President and General Petraesus are intelligent men in there positions, I tell you the truth, will come to the meeting of minds. This shall be done.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MIke

    The Afgan and Iraq wars are the right wars. it's fight it there or fight it on US soil.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Afghan guy

    I am an Afghan and I will tell you that Nato will be defeated in Afghanistan and perhaps it will also end the alliance. From history we can see that every empire was buried here. Is Nato asking for the same? Since they aren't leaving, that will be their fate. The Nato came to take revenge on the Afghans for something Afghans didn't do, now you can't leave and will be paying big time. Just ask the Soviets what happened to them (and no it wasn't the US-funds or weaps like Americans claim).

    June 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gun.of.liberty

    President Obama has done fine in handeling the war. As a vet, and student of international relations/polisci, the president knows our troops are streched, tired, and worn out. Remember the Bore War the British fought in the early 1900's when they were still the super power of their day. Needless to say, the Bore War like the war in Afghanistan, drained the British military and resources almost dry. The funny thing is that these flag-wavers keep crying "foul" about the administrations draw down date of 2011. Let me ask you this. What is your plan. Are you fighting this war with your sweat, blood, and tears or only watching from afar through FOX NEWS/CNN/MSNBC. We are trired people. And you still want us to secure our borders and clean up the oil spill for ya. And don't forget about the Tea Party crying about our spending. Are you serious? I believe in the draw down due to the fact that the Taliban will never be strong enough as it once was. As long as we establish a strong government in Afghanistan the country will be able to stand on its own fight its fight. All these flag-wavers just want to see more war drama and live in their "Palinesq" denail. Denail in the fact that there is no such thing as a "big win" in our contemporary conflicts. Gen. McCrystal...sir you are a disgrace. GET REAL AMERICA!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • alyshia

      @gun.of.liberty. I totally agree with you. Too many on lookers have such strong opinions about the US troops. The sad part is that most have never served any military force outside of Call of Duty, but feel that our troops MUST fight an endless war. I personally have never served in the military, but I have many friends and family who have served in Afghan. I have seen the stress and tiredness in their body all while still seeing the fear in their eyes. Not only do the soldier fight for our freedom over seas but they must also fight to adapt back to their lives as "normal". Noone should have to go through that. I pray everyday for the safe return of our troops. God Bless.

      June 25, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. guest

    Bring our troops home from this useless war. There will always be more Bin Ladens to deal with. It will never end.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dave

    Yet...Obama only had time for a 'photo op' from the good General who tried his best to discuss with Obama his concerns?!!!!....how much longer will the media continue to give Obama a free pass, and instead of concentrating on McCrystals firing, focus on his concerns that led him to do so?

    June 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. mitch

    He has displayed great leadership in this war. You sir have never served in the military or you sir would know that Mc craystal broke a cradinal rule and had to go. The Armed service is not a democracy. This is the first action where all the major Republican players say the President did the only thing he could do and the replacement was a great choice.And tell me sir what leadership did Bush play other than allowing The number one terroist to escape at Torra Borra

    June 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • 335

      You had a point, then you had to play the Bush card.

      June 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      No, Mitch is right to play the 'Bush Card'. Do you think history happens in neat little compartmentalized chunks? Did you think that we weren't in Afghanistan before oBama was elected? No, all of the things that came before, most certainly including the Bush crime family, influence all the events after it. to leave W out of the commentary would be an oversight preferred by those with blinders on. Way to go, Mitch.

      June 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Politick2

      He showed great leadership today – kissing Russian President Demedvedev's butt.

      June 24, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Politick2

        For the 7th time I might add. More face to face (or face to whatever) meetings than with McChrystal).

        June 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slag

      It still strikes me as funny that Bush hired Petraeus, and Obama hired McChrystal. What is even funnier is that only a short time ago, liberals were calling Petraeus/betrayus

      June 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        What's even funnier is that people are bashing Bush for going into Afghanistan... when almost 100 percent of the nation wanted him to do so. That's Republicans, Democrats, and Independents wanting him to go into Afghanistan. Now that the war is going badly, people are blaming Bush for going into Afghanistan in the first place. Ha.

        June 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Walter L. Strickland

    Mr. Obama has NOT, himself,"displayed LEADERSHIP". HE has never served in the ARMED FORCES, does not know anything BUT POLITICS. And is only interested in serving ONLY HIMSELF, NOT THIS NATION. The General spoke his mind.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      Don't single out Obama... he's done plenty of screwing up already, but you act like the eight years of bush and Cheney didn't happen. They put us there, in Afghanistan. Obama is just trying to make the military boys happy. Without a war they are going to be roaming around in the states, looking for 'trouble'. Maybe they could secure the border! What an idea!!

      June 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • SupportTheTroops

        Are you somehow trying to suggest that US Armed Service men and women intentionally create "trouble" and that we are at war to simply occupy their idle hands from "roaming around in the states looking for trouble"? It is obvious from your statement that you have never served your country in any military capacity and surely have not been on the receiving side of war. The unpredictability and sheer stress of being away from home and loved ones is tremendous; all the while you are in constant fear for your life. Your comment was entirely uneducated and rude. The fact that Gen McCrystal has been removed from his Command illustrates that the US Military does things the right way. There is a Chain of Command and rules, when rules are broken consequences are met. It would be nice to say the same about our politicians and crooked corporate/commercial way of life.

        June 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • mastersam2000

        I agree with you and like to add some more the U.S need its wars to keep the militry industry going, it is a huge part of the economy scaling it down and there will be grave consequeces to economy and it is true youg hot heads need to be kept of of the streets. dont forget military industry lobbiyst wount let it happen.that is how the system works
        we are lacking real health care system(what we are going to get is joke) for all . we are uable to afford both and not to mention the federal deficit.that is hanging over our heads

        June 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Slag

        95% of the American people agreed with Bush on Afghanistan. If you don't believe it, look it up.

        June 24, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Baylee

        @SupportOurTroops I say you are dead on!!!! Thank you

        June 24, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • B. Dixon

        Hey "ficheye",

        How about defending proper English? I'm sure you are smart enough to capitalize Bush and Obama correctly.

        June 24, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • eric g

        that is a good point !

        June 25, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
      • james roberts

        The US Government put us American troops in Afghanistian, with majority of Americans and Congress supporting it.

        The military follows orders.

        The blame for this mess belongs squarely on Americans, 2nd is Congress (they're pathetic group only interested in re-election), 3rd is Bush & Cheney, 4th is Obama. Obama has until 2011 to get us out. He's actually skating on thin ice with many patriotic Americans who specifically voted for him to end US involvement in Afghanistan.

        It's his problem currently. Like the Vietnam War, Johnson should have ended not escalated it. Nixon should have ended but he continued the insanity under "withdrawal with honor" nonsense. His popularity plummeted as he continued and Watergate exposed the lies.

        Obama's clock is ticking too.

        June 25, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Ficheye... you're an idiot. It's obvious that you are not related to a soldier, nor are you even friends with one. They don't come back "looking for trouble" anymore than a person who just got off of work at the office. That statement proves to me that you're ignorant.

        June 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Larry Valecia, Calif.

    It just shows that the United States is doing it right... They are desperate than we thought by what they are doing!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Manmohan Lal

      USA will only leave Afghanistan when India decides for them to leave.

      and USA or allies are definitely not leaving Afghanistan untill our objectives of conquering Pakistan are not achieved.

      We had zero presense in Afghanistan before USA arrived and now we are all over the place with 15 plus consulates and cultural centres all along the Afghani border of Pakistan. We have successfully forced Pakistan to remove some of their forces from our borders to Afghanistan border.

      We will force them divert more so that we can just swarm them and annex them once and for all. Dream of Maha bharat (greater India) must come true and wtierh USA and allies like it or not, they will stay in Afghanistan untill India's objectives to annex Pakistan are achieved.

      June 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • B. Dixon

        Are you kidding me?


        I do not understand your logic at all.

        June 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alexander

        ROFL. If this isn't a troll post, I don't know what is!

        June 25, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Whit Miller

        To you Mahoman or whatever your name is, India is a crap country and I almost peed myself laughing when you said dreaming of the "greater india" all you guys can go is up!

        June 25, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
      • johnny boy

        LOL! You should become an author and right fictional novels. You have one hell of an imagination!

        June 25, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
      • james roberts

        interesting view point. And given USA past lies, mis-infomration, deceit in USA previous covert ops, or out right invasions, Vietnam, Iraq, Panama, Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador), Iran, Argentina, Chile.

        America only does what's good for America. It isn't interested in countries' citizens, only the countries wealth; e.g., natural resources of strategic importance to transport natural resources as cheaply as possible. Hence the word collateral damage was introduced.

        June 25, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Shahzad

        Mr.Manmohan you don't make any sence. Do you really think India can face Pakistan Army?

        June 25, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
      • naser

        Hey Manmohan Lal!
        You can't contorl small piece of land called Kashmir, how u talk about contorlling USA. Afghanistan is not your mother's country which you want to compete with Pakistan. Idiot Indians....

        June 29, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |