July 14th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

In 2 days, 12 coalition troops killed

Coalition troop deaths in Afghanistan continued to add up in what has been a hot and bloody struggle, with eight American and four British troops slain over the last 48 hours.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force confirmed the eight American deaths. Five died Wednesday in southern Afghanistan, one in a bombing and the others in a small-arms attack. Three were killed Tuesday as they repelled an insurgent attack on a police base in Kandahar city.

The British Defence Ministry reported four deaths in Helmand province - that of a Marine shot during a foot patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand province and those of three soldiers who were killed in a premeditated attack by a member of the Afghan National Army.

The death toll is on pace to match the killings recorded in June, the bloodiest month so far for U.S. and international troops during the Afghan war.

Sixty Americans were among the 102 international troops slain in June. So far this month, 45 coalition troops have been killed, including 34 Americans.

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The wave of fatalities occurred amid a turbulent political atmosphere in the West.

The war is unpopular among many people in coalition countries and the Obama administration made a major change in the war's leadership - recently replacing Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top international commander in Afghanistan, with Gen. David Petraeus, who was the architect of the U.S. "surge" strategy in Iraq.

The coalition is fighting a tenacious Taliban insurgency, and Petraeus, in his July 4 letter to troops, framed the conflict as a "contest of wills" as he exhorted them to win the fight against militants. He made reference to the military deaths in the note.

"This has been a hard fight," Petraeus said. "As you have soldiered together with our Afghan partners to reverse the Taliban momentum and to take away Taliban safe havens, the enemy has fought back. ISAF and Afghan Forces sustained particularly tough losses last month."

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  1. MAr

    Both Presidents, Eisenhower, & Kenndy tried to warn American's that the Elite in Washington DC's circles wanted to start outsourcing Government, & Military jobs, & if we didn't stop them... well.. "we'd pay a dear price for our laziness" (My end quote). Those warnings, along with some others came in the late 50's & early 60's.. & here we are now in 2010, after almost 30 yrs of the government outsourcing everything from data-mining American's personal information, to outsourcing security for Military bases, to Military convoys, to building Military bases in War Zones. The only companies getting these huge contracts are Ex- Politicians, & or Ex Military Officers. People who take oaths "to Protect & defend America from Foreign & or Domestic Enemies." Yet all they seem to care about doing is Pillaging from her everything they can get, & damn the consequences. Its sickening! And now the Country is on the brink of bankruptcy, & they're still.. "Business as usual".. I personally believe some in Washington DC have a goal of trashing the economy. They must.. Because thats the road they stay on!

    July 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. iJustWannaGoFishin

    Sooo,, I'm sitting here now in 'the' combat zone reading most of this and I really dont have much to say for most of you. I'm glad everyone is opinionated and they have the freedom to speak it, but as we all know actions speak louder, yet all I get to do is read spiteful hate comments between people who cant accept one anothers opinions as a different view and instead would rather degrade it in some supremist fashion because they can... Anyways Barack is right, and he is an example of why we are here. Yes it is war, and yes it is unbelievably stupid but it does have a use and right now its use (even if it floods money out of our pockets and increases our national debt) is to free/help those that are oppressed. I know whats coming, like the typical yankee I am I've stated numerous times "well why dont they fight back themselves and fix the issue, freedom isnt free".. Understand something very basic, the oppressed had no ally prior to us where as the 'taliban' or whatever you want to label the enemy already has political/financial ties that formed an alliance of these extremists which have worked together for years to control this area and suck the $ and life out of it. Would you want to be that family with no one to turn to? I wouldn't, so I have no issue being here. Don't get me wrong, I wanna go fishin, but luckily for some people I'm not fishing.

    July 17, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    Religlion & politics: Has been, and continues to be a very negative mix! However, the subject was about coalition troops being killed, at least I thought that is what it said? While I support our military totally, they are nothing more than
    "cannon fodder" for our "elected children" and those very rich who are getting richer off these wars! Do YOU want to STOP IT? It is time to "vote" everyone out, whether you like them or not, if they have done good or bad. EVERYONE of them goes. This is the ONLY way that WE the people will make our points and power felt! Our military could END these wars in relative short times if they were given the "green light" to do so. And do not expect that by replacing general officers that it will get any better. At their point in their careers only the very exceptional ones will risk their retirement by standing or commenting against the politicians! As a 23yr Army Viet Nam Vet. I can tell you that I would bring ALL of our troops, from all over the world, home! For those of you that think this would allow our enemies to attack us on our own soil, sorry, but again you are just kidding yourselves! We would be alot safer if our troops were home. If not then we have already lost!

    July 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Barack

    Coming from a son of Afghanistan, once a citizen of Kabul, it makes me sad to see naive extremists come to my country and kill my brothers because they have been brainwashed by extremist cowards. I support the Americans as they at least show a sense of humanity to my country and citizens to try and make it better. My neighbor was killed by a suicide bomber and I know that I speak for the majority of Afghanistan when I say that we do not support the Taliban. They are cowards and murderers. If you want to die, don't take the lives of the innocent.

    July 16, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. babysister

    Okay well first off... you need to read my name correctly it's BABYSISTER! because my older brother was injured in this attack! thank you very much also I get it, I do, about the whole "lets blame game" but right now as we stand there's not much to do so how about just focusing on the fact that there are men who are injured and killed. There are so many reasons why we shouldn't be there and so many reasons on why we need to be there. But no offense but are you in higher rankings to be making decisions on us being there, probably not. So let them do there job and if you feel so strongly about it then write an article in the news paper. But for now lets just stay focused on giving the prayers these soldiers need at this time.

    July 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      My apology,babysister.The main reasons we're in Afghanistan is to crush Islam and buid an invisible empire but also to promote the careers of right-wing politicians and generate more wealth for the war profiteers.The need of the soldiers is to be brought home and forget all this senseless bloodshed.The sooner the better.

      July 16, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |

    Please,Funny boy,I'd rather speak for myself if you don't mind.Thank you.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. babysister

    will you guys stop! yes i get it its wrong any way you look at it but how about stop running your mouth and just pray for the ones who are wounded and killed because of this. Believe me I want to blame someone as well but right now what matters is making sure those men are okay and pray for them, and think about the men who have died. Its a time of prayer not a time of who's right and who's wrong.

    July 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      babysitter,what we need to do is to vote these right-wing fanatics out of office and replace them with well principled people who cannot be controled by MIC(the military-industrial-complex).

      July 15, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |

        You have USA voting rights in Pakistan?

        July 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Georgia Goad

    Yes, Bubba, I think you are right, glad I don't have to see it......GG

    July 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |


      July 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |

    Georgia Goad. Yes he has a 'one track mind' heading toward a bend too fast and a train wreck waiting to happen.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ziety

    Will everybody stop with "better to fight them there then in our backyard" BS for real. An invasion of America where theres 2-3 guns for every person. The taliban invading i think Belgium invading is more likely they at least have an airforce and navy they could probably conquer Maine if they tried i guess. But ya sirecly no taliban invasion would ever happen(they have absoulty no way of getting over here except to slowly infiltrate and thats not an invasion!). Besides the only country with invasion capibilites would be a Russia-China Coaltion and even that would be really tough and we would more then likely still come outh the victors.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Quite right,Ziety.

      July 16, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    God had told Abraham that he would have a son that would fill the land as the sand fills the land although he and Sahara were of old age but god delivered and Abraham's maid had also a son but was jealous that he would not have the same inheritence that Isacc would get and Sahara had sent her and her son Ishmael away. Hagar had asked God what of her and he also said Ishmael"s family would be like the sands of the sea but he also said he would be a wild donkey which is what his family has turned out to be!

    July 15, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mo Drone

    Plenty of moderates, left and right in uniform. Maybe you are out of touch with our sons and daughters in uniform?

    July 15, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. silvereagle

    THis war has the same smell as vietnam.You can't do this and you can't do that.You aren't allowed to do that.Come on will this DAMN war and come home.Again our wonderful politicians will not let the army do its damn job.Hamstrung again.Sounds so familiar!

    July 15, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Afghan Empire

    Is it democracy, if US supports Isreal to kill innocent civilians then revenge is somewhere else. But the American mothers should raise thier voice and finish the Bush war.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Smith in Oregon

    Many of the Afghanistan people have joined the Taliban to become Afghanistan Occupation Resistance Fighters, it certainly should be no surprise that Afghanistan soldiers and Afghanistan police gun down American and NATO soldiers whenever they have the opportunity, plant IED's and pass attack information to other Afghanistan Occupation Resistance Fighters. The same situation existed in France when Germany occupied that country. Instead of French Occupation Resistance fighters, in Afghanistan they are labeled by the occupying forces as the 'Taliban'.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy

      I agree with you. In early hours I thought and wrote the same thing. It is obvious that some of the Afghans who have joined with NATO and US troops pretending they are freedom fighters are sending most of the information to Taliban .This situation is very dangerous and must take proper actions soon to get rid of them.

      July 15, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |

        The truth is most of them are 'stoned out of their gourd' and coming down has a strange but not surprising affect, they run back to their 'dealers'.

        July 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Radical

    when i come to this site i intent tell the people the fact on the ground that we have been told here in Muslim world that the American ignorance those facts so that why they act like this ....but i discover that most of them know the fact on the ground ....know there soldiers is killing civilians and they assault Iraqi girls and they hit falloja with chemical weapons and know that Israeli kill Palestinian civilians for having fun (like on of them general) they know all this facts but they like it and they even find righteous for this killing....as long as the American people look to other nation in inferiority look they wont get froward by the way this look not just for Muslim but for all noun American

    July 15, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  17. Radical

    Sura Almomtahena (4. There is for you an excellent example (to follow) in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people: "We are clear of you and of whatever ye worship besides Allah. we have rejected you, and there has arisen, between us and you, enmity and hatred for ever,- unless ye believe in Allah and Him alone": But not when Abraham said to his father: "I will pray for forgiveness for thee, though I have no power (to get) aught on thy behalf from Allah." (They prayed): "Our Lord! in Thee do we trust, and to Thee do we turn in repentance: to Thee is (our) Final Goal.

    5. "Our Lord! Make us not a (test and) trial for the Unbelievers, but forgive us, our Lord! for Thou art the Exalted in Might, the Wise." )

    July 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |


      July 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Radical


    Where do you get these polluted ideas from? And please learn the correct.......i agree with that i am hypocrite and i ask Allah may give me fidelity one day......but what you are say have no thread with what i mention also those are historical facts

    July 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Read John 3:16 that is how it is written.

    July 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      so you say the new testament has no meaning and deny that God gave his son for our sins? The only way to be forgiven!

      July 15, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  20. fzee

    it is just the begining of another vitnam..

    July 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Only begotten son of God means just that. No other and your right his birth was from the Holy Spirit and until his death on the cross for our sins the Holy Spirit could not flourish within humans who put their faith in him! As for calling Mary M a goon for stating her belief that only through Jesus can one be saved as our Lord had said is judgmental!

      July 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Came from God.

      July 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Radical

    i am not interesting in having the clement muslin medal from people like them Actually any one who don't prostration to them will became a Satan so who care about people like them they are the most oppressive human bean ...when those people will stop thinking in them self as gods why they always think they are be tear than other human bean ...they expect to curse other people and the respect them what is wrong with them

    July 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Javairea

      Where do you get these polluted ideas from? And please learn the correct literature... the word is human beings not human beans. We dont ask no one to prostrate to us, what do we care if anyone doesnt become pure from sin? You will find no friends, helpers, or protectors on the Day of Ressurection but Allah. We only suggest that you prostrate to Allah and stop associating partners with Him, so that it will profit you on the this Day. We only fight/argue to protect the Tauhid of Allah. His oneness in Lordship, His oneness in Worship, and His Names. And Allah is not unaware of all that you do and everything that you do good or bad is being recorded by the Angel on the right(recording good deeds) and a Angel on the left (recording every bad deed) even the size of an atom or a grain of salt. You will find it in your record of deeds on this Day. And you will wish you would have believed because those who died not submiting their face... their good deeds will not be excepted because they were not done for the sake of Allah. They were done for the sake of something or someone else. And whoever does a good deed to show off or gain fame... he will be humilitiated on the Day of Recompense because Allah will expose them!

      Peace Be Unto You. May Allah aid the People.

      July 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Ric

    Look Daniel-2, sooner or later you are going to have to stop blaming this on George Bush and "right wing fanatics in Washington" and accept the fact that the Democrats are running the show...just as poorly as the "evil Republicans".

    July 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Quite right,Ric.Obama does have the same vendetta against Islam as Bush since they're both in MIC's pockets.MIC(the military-industrial-complex) has a lot of control these days as Pres.Eisenhower already warned us back in 1959 that it would.

      July 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mo Drone

        Daniel....you are correct. The current adminstration and congress ramped up operations in Afghanistan. Led by the left. Why is the right still being blamed...years later. The left made a decision and stand behind the decision. Don't blame others for your own decisions.

        July 15, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Mo Drone,when are you going to realize that the Democrats turned right after being elected in 2006 and Barack Obama did the same thing upon assuming the presidency.Don't you realize the corrupting power of MIIC(the miltary-industrial-complex)?Realize it,the sooner the better.

        July 15, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  23. Patriot

    it is quite obvious that you don't have a clue about America and its people.

    July 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Quite the contrary,Patriot,he seems to know the American people better that you or me.

      July 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Cut it out,Funny boy.By using my name you're making look as stupid as you are and I find that embarrassing.

      July 16, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Bledsoe. Prepare for lots of embarrassment...

      July 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Shifty P.

    I hope nobody is surprised at this. This is war, what else do you expect. Flowers and Tea parties? Heck NO!!

    July 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Daniel-2

    It just goes on and on,but do the right-wing fanatics in Washington care?I suppose not.

    July 14, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Mo Drone

      It is the left wing fanatics that lead Washington if you forgot?

      July 15, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  26. Andrew Lubin

    Hopefully with Gen Mattis and Gen Petraeus now running the war, they'll sort out the problems with McChrystal's restrictive ROE's and let our troops fight properly.

    July 14, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |

      That way we get to kill more people than ever before,great accomplishment!

      July 14, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Patriot

        Better kill them there than in your back yard. Bet you would holler a different tune then wouldn't you Bubba?

        July 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Holys...t

        To Patriot below:

        Fashionable reply but still paranoia...

        July 16, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      I agree with you Andrew. The only option is to either start fighting back or to just bring everyone home, let them blow each other up and use the army to secure the United States. This way, when they come, we will be ready and fight on our own soil. Either way, there will be fighting and death because that is all they understand. These words are not easy because I have kids there and their hands are tied as to what they can and cannot do. So all of us here who have the luxury of sitting in Air Conditioning and keep spouting off political views forget that 8 troops are 8 people's children/spouses, etc. Time for action!

      July 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Radical

        The people who are sons and grandchild of the murders and the criminal that had been exile and dismissal from Europe and thrown away in north America because they are pic of garbage and grubbiness should not talk like this about there masters

        July 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Patriot

        There ain't no defending the US at the borders. Haven't you been watching the news? Obama won't secure the borders. He wants to litigate the border problem. When was the last time an illeagle immigrant read and obeyed the law? Obama wants to sue Arizona for the right of the federal government to NOT enforce immigration law. Open your eyes!

        July 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • PatrioticMom

      Please pray for our troops over there. My son is one of them and I am concerned about the restrictive ROE that is hindering their job. This is insane.

      July 15, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        What would you have them do over there,PatrioticMom?We really need to get out since we have no legitimate business there in the first place.

        July 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Minnesota guy

        @ PatrioticMom – we'll (continue) to pray for them. Tell him thank you for his service.

        @Bledsoe – Pray for her son or leave your comment for the story at the bottom – is it necessary to lecture a worried Mom? Do you feel better now?

        July 16, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |