July becomes deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan
July 30th, 2010
04:59 AM ET

July becomes deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Six U.S. service members were killed in southern Afghanistan in the last two days, the NATO-led command said, making the death toll in July the deadliest month for American forces since the war in Afghanistan started nine years ago.

On Friday, one service member died in an insurgent attack and the two others in an improvised explosive device strike, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said. On Thursday, IEDs killed two troops in one incident and another service member in another, ISAF said.

Their deaths bring the July tally to 66. A total of 88 international service members, including Americans, have died this month.

MORE: Home and Away: Casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq

It is no coincidence that IEDs caused most of the latest deaths. Taliban militants regularly target troops with improvised explosive devices. The homemade bombs are considered the weapon of choice for insurgents in the Afghan conflict. The military regularly conducts raids targeting those who stage the
attacks against troops.

Before this month, June was the deadliest month for Americans and coalition forces. A total of 103 international soldiers died last month - including 60 Americans. The totals are based on reports compiled by CNN.

The latest grim milestone comes amid concern at home over Washington's strategy in the Afghanistan war.

Coalition forces have intensified their war against insurgents, sparking fears that militants will bolster their attacks.

President Obama announced plans to send 30,000 more troops, but has said he will start withdrawing American forces in July 2011.

Last month, the Afghan war suffered another setback when the president dismissed Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top military commander over inappropriate comments he made about some officials in the administration. Gen. David Petraeus took over the role.

Photo at top: A soldier is buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday after he died from wounds suffered when a suicide bomber attacked his unit in Afghanistan.

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  1. Jeff H from Illinois

    To the troops: Many of us here believe, politically speaking, that you shouldn't even be there in Afghanistan but please realize I TOTALLY respect and admire you for your courage of conviction that you are doing what is expected of you. I find that to be VERY responsible and you all have my undying thanks and appreciation.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      NOOOOOOOO. for a simple reason. Its too expensive. Its not worth borrowing money from China to do it.

      Also do we ever care to ask how come China and Russia dosn't have to send so many troops to these counties to avoid any seucrity risk posed by these fundamentalists in Afghanistan and Iraq? If these guys pose a threat to them as well then why don't they pay for the war as well. Why should US pay the bill for world security?

      July 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Why isn't the United Nation and Nato fight the wars??? That would make a lot more sense than Russia and China fighting in them!!! Wouldn't You say??? Otherwise what is the use to having them???

        August 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It is funny those that I speak to think completely different about both wars!!! They tell me they see a lot difference from now and before... They are hopeful we will win the war the way we are doing it!!!

      August 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    2 wars, shipping jobs overseas, and millions in tax cuts to the rich caused the unemployment that makes the military look like a good option to the young, all done under Bush. US military commanders stated there are 50 – 100 Taliban left in Afghanistan. All we can do is support the troops and hope the war either clarifies, or ends.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • The other Steve

      There's thousands... maybe tens of thousands of Taliban in Afghanistan. There's only about 100 or so Al Qaida left in Afghanistan. There's a difference.

      July 30, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We have Obama to thank when these war end right!!! Bush Jr only make things worse for this Country...

      August 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Allen

    No Ines Freedom is not dead try living in Iran or China or Korea and you will know what freedom is for lack of it. and by the way our military is 100% volunter no one signs up without knowing where they are going, and all my friends who were there are proud to have gone and risk their lives for freedoms sake

    July 30, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      You don't see the irony to say for freedom's sake? How is it freedom when we invade and occupy a country to impose our ideas of how they should live? That is the opposite of freedom as far as I'm concerned.

      July 30, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
      • rsfselig

        HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY THE EXSISTENCE OF THE USA AND ARE WE RULING THESE COUNTRIES OR TRYING TO ALLOW THEM SELF SOVERIEGNTY BASED ON FREEDOM OF HUMAN BEINGS, ALBIET NO ONE IS PERFECT IN THIS BUT TO STRIVE TOWARDS IT IS BETTER THAN COMPLETE OPPRESSION

        July 30, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Well put,Shawn.

        July 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Shawn: It is better we are fighting over there and not here in Our Country!!!

        August 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        WHY DO YOU PEOPLE THINK YOU HAVE TO YELL TO GET YOUR POINT OUT??? We are the Country that is willing to fight for the Freedom of Our Country and Others that want to be free!!! YOU OUGHT BE BE PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS... Rather than complain about what we are doing!!! We are keeping This Country free from others that want to do us wrong here...

        August 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Allen

    Lest you forget all the people who died on 9/11/01. That is what we are fighting to prevent from happening. We fight there or we fight here when they bring it to us. I don't think you want war in your own back yard.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • zach w

      and sooner or later they will bring it to us. unless we stop them over there. which impossible or not, we sure as hell better try.

      July 30, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      This is a crap logic. They have no NAVY or Airforce. They need 200 years to come up with an Airforce and NAVY as good as ours today. We need better boarder security and domestic security measures to stop the incident like of 9/11. That will be much less fun then shooting those Afghans but will cost much less.

      July 30, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        This is protecting Our Boarders by keeping the tarries and Illegals out of Our Country!!!

        August 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      These People hate Israel and the Jews so much... That they don't care what happens to America!!! Even though both sides on the side of the right Countries fighting then...

      August 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ines

    The poor are fighting foreign poor people. The politicians are sending young and able men to fight their political wars. Bring your children home, better face a court marshal than die or lose limbs. Nobody is worth dying for. Democracy and freedom died a long time ago, the only war they are fighting now is one to stay alive and come home in one piece.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • rsfselig

      THAN HOW IS IT THAT YOU CAN VOICE YOUR OPINION AND NOT SUFFER CONSEQUENCES, TGHE SYSTEM MIGHT NOT BE PERFECT BUT SHOULD WE SIMPLY SIT STILL AND BE SUBSERVANT TO THE WILL OF OTHERS, IF YOU DECIDE TO RELINGUISH YOUR FREEDOM SO BE IT, BUT DO NOT COMPLAIN IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO SACRIFICE SOMETHING FOR IT.CAN YOU BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT OTHERS HAVE DONE FOR YOU?

      July 30, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        why shoudl american soilders die to give democray and freedom to Afghans who are not thankfull at all. Let those guys live in the caves and bring our troops home. Their democracy and freedom cost billions of $ each year that is paid by my tax money. Why can't we defend US sitting in US with world's best NAVY and Air force. Why not spend more money domestically to improve security rather then spending billions to teach Afghans about democracy and culture. Let them learn at their own expense not wtih my tax $. I want my tax dollars spend here in US. Look at our roads and bridges. Look at our job market. Look at our houseing and healthcare problems and the financial melt down?

        July 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Obama will be stopping the unjust war this year... Then next year He will finish the just war and both Countries will be better off for it!!! Especially since He became President...

      August 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Sam: Because it will keep America much sfare!!!

        August 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        safer (Sorry)

        August 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. david

    Yes RObert, you are off subject. Bush was the reason for THis war and 9-11 the US needs to pull out of IRAQ and Afghanistan and do a full investigation

    July 30, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      david – that makes no sense, your saying bush is responsable for 9/11? What about all the other attempts from terrorist? Where they his fault as well?

      July 30, 2010 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Greg

        Absolutely. Bush planned and executed 9/11. Bush Sr. was responsible for the WTC Bombing 10 years earlier. They were responsible for Vietnam, JFK, Lincoln...everything. Aaron Burr's name was a typo...it was actually Aaron Bush. In fact, the Roman Soldier who nailed Jesus to the cross? Yea...Georgius Bushius.

        July 30, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        If Bush Sr and Bush Jr never attacked Iraq... We would never been attacked here by the Muslin!!!

        August 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • The other Steve

      I heard Bush was responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor. I also heard he had something to do with the massive 1906 earthquake in San Francisco.

      July 30, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Don't you know that WWII was started because of the Jews??? Bushes started every war after that!!!

        August 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • rsfselig

      this sounds very simplistic and does not deal with the complexity of the world nor of the USA

      July 30, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    If President Bush were still in office the media would be raising all kinds of negatives.. Now that Barack Obama whom the Media backed is in office , the media is more on the quiet side.What has Barack done , besides given out a ton of unemployment. I personally know people on unemployment who will not look for work while obama keeps handing out free money. they refer to the money as unenjoyment (having a good time).sorry to get off the subject

    July 30, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Leon

      Robert, have you lost your job? Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find a job right now...even with a college degree (graduated with honors)? It's been very difficult, and despite a few "bad apples", the rest of us NEED the extended benefits until work can be found...

      July 30, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
      • JC

        Yeah it's tough but there are jobs out there your just not willing to take one that pays less than you think your worth. I know people who use up their 95 weeks of unemployment and then take that lower paying job but complain about people on welfare. Newsflash thats what you've done for the pas year and a half. Hey here's another one take the jobs that everyone's complaining that Mexicans are taking from them. Go pick some oranges.

        July 30, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • DK

      Robert,
      I do too. Most of them didn't look for work until unemployment was almost out. Then they paniced when they couldn't find a job. I guess they thought they were special and would get hired right away. They were busy collecting unemployment, fixing up their house, traveling. Now they're crying they have no money and want benefits extended. Hard to feel sorry for those people. Anyhow, back to the subject. Obama ran on a platform of ending the war. During the campaign, we saw tons of protesters. I guess they were hired because not one of them are ever in sight any more.

      July 30, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • zach w

      i know someone who makes 1800 a month on unemployment and has been doing so for a full year. He outright told me that he hasn't looked for a job bc he doesn't have to do anything and makes good money. these people exist. it is a stupid system

      July 30, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • rsfselig

      i am not sure this is a resuklt of only Obama, but rather an unhealthy symptom of a deeper issue in our society, apathy,selfcenteredness,lazziness and a never ending thirst for material gains at thde expense of others

      July 30, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Right you never hear anything negative about Obama!!! Start watching the News and not the Cartoons...

      August 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rae Reniker

    As the mother of a former soldier who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, this news saddens me immensely. I pray for the families who lost their loved one; I pray for resolution that will bring our soldiers home.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
    • rsfselig

      amen to that and may God watch over all human life

      July 30, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I pray for a quick resolution too. I hope this war ends soon.

      July 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Thank Your Son for Serving Our Country so Greatly... May GOD be with all of You though out Your Lives!!! I appreciate everyone that put their lives out there to help better this Country...

      August 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Come on Phunnie boy,will you kindly quit using my name to blog in your ignorance?Please!!!

        August 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jack

    Believe me the US will go home in defeat and humiliation more than what russian suffer if they insist to stay longer and longer.This is the land of hell, hundreds of years proven. It is rich in mineral but nobody can dig it, foreign forces can only dig their grave but not the natural resource. Bringing home the entire US troops as soon as possible is the best idea before everything can destroy the entire US economy and US people as well.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
    • 3649

      I dont think our intentions are that of what the Russians did. Our job is only to "stablize," and training ANA and ANP are a part of that. Our troops along with NATO are doing a fine job. Please do not taboo the situation by labeling it a defeat or putting us in the category of Russian's defeat. It is disrespectful to those who served and are serving.

      July 30, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
      • insane1

        So were the Russians. They were trying to stablise a country that bordered thiers to keep terrorists that we armed and trained from spilling into the USSR.

        July 30, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        The difference the Russian tried to take over the Country!!! We are training them to take care of themselves... That is a big difference!!!

        August 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        Come on Larry,you know better than that!!!

        August 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Larry,just when are you going to come out of that fairy tale world of yours?Anybody with half a brain would know that what you just posted here is by no means true.The Russians were not the villains nor are the NATO forces the heros portrayed by the right-wing news media.Get real,please!

        August 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • rsfselig

      ignoring this war and denial will only lead to further destruction of freedom and encourage oppression, other avenues must be utilized besides military options in order to abolish radical thinking and behaviors

      July 30, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Don't tell them that... They are messed up bad enough already!!! LOL

        August 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We would have if Bush Jr had His way... But the way we are doing it now... We will have PEACE in both Countries!!!

      August 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Capt. Nemo

    Bring them all home now!

    July 30, 2010 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      CPT Nemo, are you in Korea?

      July 30, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      There was another Capt.Nemo who was in Jules Vernes' book "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea".He was a Polish Nobleman whose family was destroyed by the Russians before he built his fantastic submerine.If you read the book you'd know what I was talking about.It was about getting his vengeance on the Russians and he made that his life's goal.Do you harbor any vendetta toward the Russians,yourself?I don't!

      July 30, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Neither do I.

        July 30, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • rsfselig

      that would be nice ,however it would also be irresponsible and the consequences would have ramifications in this countries security

      July 30, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jason From Wisconsin

    Darion,

    I hope you son stays safe and shoots straght. I was over there in 05 in a Marine Infantry unit. It's not what the movies show it to be I can tell you that! My prayers go out to your son and his unit along with the 3 fallen soldiers.

    July 30, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |