August deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan
Friends and family members attend a memorial service in Olathe, Kansas, on August 14 for those troops who died in the August Chinook helicopter crash.
August 30th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

August deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan

August has been the deadliest month for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since the conflict began nearly 10 years ago.

Brian R. Bill was among those that died in the August Chinook crash.

Sixty-six American troops have died this month, topping July 2010 when 65 troops died, according to a CNN tally.

Almost half the August troop deaths took place on August 6 when insurgents shot down their helicopter in the eastern central province of Wardak. The Taliban claimed militants downed the helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade.

Thirty U.S. service members - including 17 Navy SEALs - were killed in that attack, the single largest loss of life for U.S. troops since the Afghan war began in late 2001.

In contrast, 36 U.S. service members were killed in all of July. Prior to the August attack, the most U.S. troops killed in a single month this year was 47 in June.

A "surge" of 33,000 additional troops in 2009 - in response to increased insurgent attacks - led to an uptick in U.S. deaths over previous years, with 499 killed in 2010. Prior to the surge, the most U.S. troops killed in a single year was 155 in 2008, according to CNN figures.

The surge in U.S. deaths comes as NATO is drawing down and handing over security control to national forces. Some 10,000 U.S. troops are scheduled to depart by year's end, with all U.S. military personnel out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

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  1. John S

    The wrong way to fight terrorists. Too much of a target,to slow to react, to limited to adapt. This is the history of the Afghanistan war. When will we learn instead of just ignoring the obvious?

    August 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike, NH

      In January of last year, Obama redefined the strategy in Afghanistan to one of counterinsurgency. He personally picked McCrystal to implement that strategy. Counterinsurgency needs a lot of troops for a long period of time to work. McCrystal asked for 80,000 more troops. Obama gave him 30,000 and set an arbitrary deadline of 2014 for everyone to be out. Is it any wonder that it's not working?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • yuri pelham

      As I've mentioned endlessly, it's obvious we lost the war to transform Afghanistan into a civilized country... so all deaths now bloodstain US government hands. That is Obama and congress. Both have been proven dysfunctional in other areas. So get the troops home before we negligently kill more of our valued children ( Yes our brave military are our children). The dangerous characters on the world stage are in Washington not in Afghanistan. Think of that next time you vote.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jdog

    So America...are those mineral rights contracts going to be worth it? The people behind all this obviously think so.....oh the lies, the spin....

    August 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chinada

    The troops who laid down their lives died for a cause they believed in and not too many people who come on here have the right to spout out their beliefs why the troops are there. As for you number nuts with your 66 and 666... go soak your heads in the sink for a while, preferably in hot water.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat carr

      Wrong. Everyone has the right to say if the troops should not be there. it's called "free speech" look it up sometime, numbnuts.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chinada

        Okay smart one why should they not be there. There are more reasons why they should. Wahhabism to start with.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • yuri pelham

      An exercise in child sacrifice. At least they're volunteering. Those with sense stay home. Bring back the draft.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brandon

        Those with sense? I think you meant to say those without balls. Its ok, we need cowards for the world to turn too.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jdog

    How many more times will we see this headline....the SAME headline...??????

    August 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bresson

    Pull combat troops out. Continue specialized raids on sr al queda and taliban leaders. Save lives.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marci

    I BLAME all of this on Terrorists. It started with 9/11. Now everyone wants to blame everyone else, Republicans, Democrats, Bush, Obama, The Tea Party..I have even seen comments in past that it is our own troops fault. The Taliban must love it.. we're going defeat our own beautiful USA with very own disparagement toward our government and its people as apparent in these posts. Signing off with this bull&*%#

    I for one, will continue to support my beautiful American and its President!

    August 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      It did not start on 9/11. May be you were not keeping attention. 9/11 was a signal to people like you to pay attention.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Marci

        And your a fool duh!

        August 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • scrow

        Jeez this is embarrassing, can't anyone in this country spell?

        August 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Steve – False propaganda made up for war is unable to influence my mind.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GuestColin

    Bring them home.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dr. Mumbai

    ___ Stay the Course !! ___

    ___ Mission Accomplished !! ___

    August 30, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      You go fight yourself

      August 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fuggit

    If the Russians couldn't beat these people, HOW IN THE HELL ARE WE GOING TO DO IT? They broke the Russians, laid waste to the British, now we want a shot at it??!! ALl in the name of NO BID CONTRACTS? "Mission Accomplished" I think is what that idiot Bush said. Yep it sure was...FOR ALQUIDA. They drew us into something that is going to break us. That was the goal of 9-11 and we took the biat, hook, line & sinker.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      the Soviets , the British, the Mongolians...each at it's military peak of power.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Robbie

      The reason the russians could not accomplish this was because the militant afgan army was supported by the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This has been called a payback due to the russions aiding the North Vietnamese in the vietnam war. Please know what you are talking about before you post.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • closetiguana

        Yes America supported The Mujaheddin but that wasn't why the Soviets were defeated. It was simply location location location.

        August 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jorge washinsen

    Within 2 years we will get first hand knowledge how our government will handle unrest.That is about when de checks dry up.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Richard S. Russell

    Why? Why are we there? Can anyone explain it? We GOT Osama bin Laden, which was the cover story we used going in a decade ago. And we did it the way we SHOULD have done it to begin with, using good intelligence and a crack black-ops team, rather than a massive (and obscenely expensive) military invasion. According to the Pentagon's own estimates, there are fewer than 100 al-Qaeda left in the country, and it's costing us about $2,000,000 apiece, EVERY YEAR, to try to hunt them down.
    Oh, I know, the economy is going so splendidly at home we have tons of money to squander on sheer idiocy, so why not, right?

    August 30, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard S. Russell

      Sorry, even I couldn't believe how expensive it was, so I left off a string of zeroes that should have been included. It's costing us $2,000,000,000 (yes TWO BILLION DOLLARS) for EACH remaining al-Qaeda member in Afghanistan.
      And, because it bears constant reiteration, that's two billion dollars PER MAN PER YEAR, each and every year.
      What would victory look like? Would the US have to be totally broke? Would we have to have spent our very last penny to prove what Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and the British and Soviet Empires already learned?

      August 30, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        How about giving the money directly to those 100 AQ members ? Bernanke told he cannot print any more dollars and the politicians must deal with the economy and the debt.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ilee

    You can not fight Islam and win. Islamic religion is spread by God and not those that you are fighting.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Very true. I made some numerology about the 66 as number of Allah to make people understand, but they are stupid.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      Sheep, flock, fleeced.That is religion in a nut shell.Now the Creator of this world that works so well when man stays out of the mix,that is another matter.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • csnord

      God has nothing to do with it - there is no god or any other mystical sky fairy. Islam, and all other religions, are easily explained by gullible and stupid people willing to believe anything said by a bearded dude with a towel on his if he says it convincingly enough. Islam is spread by the power of human stupidity and there is no greater force in the Universe.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        So it is a coincidence that the americans killed in August (the month of Ramadan) were 66 and the number of Allah is 66 ?

        August 30, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana


      That's beyond dumb.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Beyond dumb ? All you can say it is a coincidence......

        August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • closetiguana

        it is a coincidence. That's why every other Ramadan didn't have 66 deaths.

        August 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Right, may be this year Allah was moore angry than usual.

        August 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Another point is that many of the dead were from the unity that killed Osama, the Navy seal 6.

        August 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • closetiguana

        eyes rolling

        August 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. closetiguana

    Hindsight being 20/20 the war in Afghanistan should never been about nation-building or sending in tens of thousands of troops. It should simply been a special-ops mission to take out Al Queda. That said, the nightmare will be all over soon and yes the nightmare will be continuing for the Afghan people but the west can't afford to "fix" countries anymore. Libya has shown that maybe we don't have to.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      OK maybe Libya was a bad example re: NATO

      August 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Xchrom

    4000+ Americans killed in the Oil War in Iraq and the Lithium War in Afghanistan.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      About 6500 killed and 40.000 injured, many severely, let alone the PTSD.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      and the Chinese will end up with the goods and not fire a shot.Dumb and dumber.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      If was over Lithium then we were in the wrong part of the planet. The bulk of the world's lithium is in South America.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. George Patton

    65 more troops died in Afghanistan this month all because some jokers in Washington have something to get out of their systems! Again I want to reiterate that it's high time that we got out of Afghanistan and start looking after things here at home!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      Unless there is a will to win a war at all cost it should not start.You should start with your most powerful weapon and a million years from now when the sky stops glowing go in and write a book about it.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. AmericanAbroad

    We should be protecting our own borders with our military. Bring home our troops and make them patrol our borders, airports, train stations, harbors, schools and cities.... Start building our own infrastructure and top of the art creations. I'm quite sick of all this money being thrown out to other counties when we have our own problems as a COUNTRY. GOD BLESS THE USA, but lets bring back the hard working American mentality that strives for American strength!

    August 30, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      What, and lose all them Liberal votes?

      August 30, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  17. JOE

    I believe it's time to stop writing these articles about US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan month after month unless you're also going to reiterate what administration and so-called president are responsible for the bloodshed and senseless lost of human life. Furthermore, if you're going to keep writing these heartwrenching articles about our continued casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, it would be more comforting to the families of the victims if you would also write why George W. Bush and his war cabinet should be sent to the ICC in the Hague to be tried for the worst war crimes of the 21st century.

    And as a concerned American I will keep reiterating that we are still fighting the Afghan war and are still suffering casualties ten years later because George W. Bush and his war cabinet and these same Republican members in congress today deliberately and negligently abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war to start their illegitimate Iraqi war.

    And I must say that I'm not one to criticize and lay blame but I feel that as Americans we must continue to keep the pressure on the GOP and put them on notice until all of the problems the they left at the White House door steps for the Obama administration have been completely desolved for one. Secondly, unless the GOP is willing to stop the game playing and the roadblocks and start working with this administration to help desolved the problems they created, they must be put on notice everytime. Furthermore, those to the right who like to blame and criticize the Obama administration for trying to fix the problems their leaders created must keep in mind that the president did not start his job on a clean slate. But stating this is unnecessary because these people are aware of the obvious just they refuse to acknowledge it.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      JOE – Even GW Bush did not start his job on a clean slate, but received the 9/11 attack as a gift by Clinton and the problems in US economy.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Militia1776

        I totally agree Salerno god help us if Obama wins a second term but if he does he will keep the blame going for another four years and people like Joe who are so gullible will keep buying it. He and others who think like him would rather cower to the terrorist that brought upon 9/11 only to let it happen again. Hence the multiple terror attacks that happen while Clinton was in the Whit House. and nothing was done.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Militia1776 – I think even Bush did mistakes anyway. I am against wars and I think US policy created the terrorism as a reaction. Ron Paul thinks the same, but he was still a minority among republicans.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • DR JOHN


      August 30, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      Bushs' war should have been Clintons war when it was attacked the first time under his watch. He was too busy trying to save his Presidency at the time to think about it.If the first one had succeeded the death toll would have been too many to count.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Jorge – I think the Clinton's mistake and responsibility was to fight Al Qaeda. American embassies in Africa were attacked because they were fighting AQ to protect Mubaraq and his treaty with Israel. This is why 10 thousands of american died 40 thousand were injured and US economy is shrinking.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
      • jorge washinsen

        Has everyone forgotten about the Kobar towers bombing of the military barracksI think it was and the people we lost from our military? it seemed the only man aware of the nuts was Oliver North who was laughed at by some members of congress when he told them Osama Bin Laden was the only man he was afraid of.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Marci

      IJoe, I agree with you 100%. To Salerno and other like him, Eight years of problems created by Bush and son cannot be resolved so easily. That being said, Obama is the one working on getting our soldiers out of a war that Bush started..hmmm go figure.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
      • jorge washinsen

        Bush did not bomb the world trade center if I remember correctly.He has been out of the picture for 3 years.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • michael

      Not one to blame? Sounds to me like there's a lot of blaming going on. Our current President hasn't done much to end the wars either. Sounds to me like that would be an issue that both sides of the aisle are responsible for. Let's not forget the Democrats who also voted for these wars...

      August 30, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike, NH

      You do know that this war has been conducted by obama for the last 2.5 years don't you? The fact that casualties have only gone up, are an indication of a faiol;ed strategy by this administration.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  18. PittUSMC

    When you go in that election booth, ask yourself who the mainstream media continued to cover and seemed to favor. Then wake up and realize you are placing a bet on one of the horses owned by the same OWNER! The agenda continues.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott2010

      Exactly. Avoid all the faves that the media gloat about, and pay attention to the one they all seem to shun: Ron Paul.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Magoo

    Obama's Illegal Alien Uncle Charged With Drunken Driving, Held by Immigration Officials! Liberal slanted CNN is MUM AS USUAL!!!! But Fox News tells it like it is! YOUR NEWS IS BEING CENSORED BY A LIBERAL MEDIA COMPANY Go have a look for yourself!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • PittUSMC

      Don't worry, Faux News will give you equally deceiving propaganda. They all work for the same powers that keep us fighting amongst ourselves while they STOLE our country, our freedom, and our future.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      At least his family seems to have a past.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Marci


      August 30, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  20. JP

    I think you're all stupid for commenting on stupid comments. lol

    August 30, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      We are in good company,that is all that matters.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  21. tony

    Exxon- Mobil thanks you for your sacrifice. You may buy gas at only $4.09 a gallon for the next week.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  22. Ilee

    11 years and the whole America still fighting a group of people. Leave Afganistan now!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      I agree this war is NOT winnable....period!

      And, there is simply no reason to continue to sacrifice our brave soldiers for the protection of those UNGRATEFUL people.

      We must focus on REAL EXISTENTIAL THREATS for the US & Israel, in Pakistan and Iran.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Frankly Speaking..

        I pity your limited vocabulary or you just love the words "EXISTENTIAL" and "PAKISTAN", often used by you in the same line.. Maybe its time to get out of your basement and learn a few more words, I am just sayin..

        August 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • PittUSMC

      Bring these warriors back home to their families so we can recovery and be ready in the event OUR FREEDOM IS EVER THREATENED!!! I feel like my freedom is threatened, but it isn't from Al Qaida.I look at the ,edia trying to shove politicians down my throat while I am fully aware by who finances their campagins that they are the same puppet! We have been duped. Semper Fidelis.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      11 years? I thought 9/11 happened in 2001?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Truth to Lies

    Look around you idiots, the so called enemy live in the best neighborhoods and have the best jobs here, last I checked. You fly home from war in the cargo dept. And the Arabs are flying first class. Wake up and stop being stupid.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • PittUSMC

      So, you still think the enemy is Arabs and we are the idiot? We bomb them, they hate us, they retaliate, our news feeds us propaganda and we continue to sell off our future in an imperialistic war campaign that serves no purpose towards the our freedom and is counterproductive to our security. Tell that mom whose son comes home in a box that her son died for a cause because if not OUR freedom would be in jeopardy.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
      • M.L.

        Dear Pitt,
        I agree. Bring our warriors home. We need now more than anytime in the last 12 years to focus on our people and our freedom. Here's hoping our people come home now.

        August 30, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  24. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Until & unless we extend this war into the fertile grounds of Pakistan (for the Taliban & ALL ISLAMIC terrorists), break that country up, seize their ISLAMIC BOMB, not only will we NOT win this war, but the sword dangling on our heads posing an existential threat to America will never be eliminated!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Don't worry, President Bachmann has a secret plan to "take care" of all that you mentioned. You will be in good hands. Vote Bachmann/Palin 2012

      August 30, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
      • PittUSMC

        RON PAUL or a real revolution is needed. You live in a ONE party government. Quit being duped.

        August 30, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Ron Paul is the best US politician. The problems are the lobbying activities, anyway.

        August 30, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Scott2010

        I'm starting to see more support for Ron Paul everywhere I go, even though most of the media outlets won't even mention his name. That's a good sign.

        August 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      Amit, I would've called you a racist p-ig but then Islam is not a race. I dont blame your upbringing for the ignorance you fester. Some people are hard-wired to be sick puppies and you sir are one of them..

      Btw, the Islamic bomb was dropped 1400 years ago and it continues to flourish and there is nothing, I REPEAT nothing you or anyone else can do to subdue it. This is verily the truth from Allah and that your arduous work to destroy it is nothing more than wishful thinking..

      Peace be with you my friend

      August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peter

        People like Amit made us who were are now, Losers as we interfere in others business

        August 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    End the wars for profit! Bring our braves Troops Home!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  26. Me

    Why is the girl on the right wearing the colours of the French flag?

    August 30, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • duh

      she's not. it's an easel with a garland of flowers on it

      August 30, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Because it wasn't only Americans who were killed...

      August 30, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      The American flag and the French flag and the UK's union jack all have the same 3 colors

      August 30, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • uraculo

      The word is "Colors"

      August 30, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  27. Truth to Lies

    Keep voting for the Republicans because you think they hate Blacks, and keep hating Obama. Vote for Sarah Palin ... lol .... can you believe that these racists are that stupid? Yes ignorance is blind. The republicans will keep shipping your jobs out, while you go from your trailers to boxes .. lol .. but you got your hate!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • uraculo

      May want to check on who was in control of the Congress during the first decade of 2000.BTW you can disagree with an inexperienced over his head president and not be a bigot or trailer trash. But you can't be a supporter and believer in hope and change without being an idiot.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  28. Truth to Lies

    Ok, the truth is that 60 American troops were killed in two separate bomb attacks on two seperate military bases and they are only mentioning 30 troops in a Helicopter crash to appease the families of the dead. You crazy Americans keep thinking that your kids are dying for our freedom. We are free already. Your kids won't be able to find a job at Mc Donalds when they return.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  29. Angela232

    Does the "hammer blow" mean no deaths next month?

    August 30, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  30. Truth to Lies

    Keep putting those stupid simple comments up, and rejecting the real ones. I'm sure if I would have said " stupid troops " it would be up there. I bet I am not the only one that sees through the BS.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  31. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    All this numerology stuff would be funny if we were not talking about dead soldiers.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  32. Umar

    American Losssssssssssssssssssssssssing the war,, Talibaaaan winnnnnnnnnnnning the war using horses and old guns

    August 30, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Keep thinking that

      August 30, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • joe08

      And how many taliban died? how can you say we are losing when only 66 people died this month? how does this compair to past conflicts. The number of killed soldiers is staggerling low compaired to pervious wars.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      I think I hear one of your Goat Wives calling....Realy? Are you that stupid?

      August 30, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Peter

        And your wife is calling you too

        August 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peter

        I am not sure if she is a goat or is it a he. Freedom of Speech

        August 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickyL

      Umar might be a dope....but it is time to come home.

      We kicked butt on those responsible for 9/11 and those who sheltered them.

      Now, it's time to leave before we turn victory into defeat.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • AUTige08

      Dude... We kill 100 durka durka rag heads for every one soldier killed. I'll take that ratio... Idiot

      August 30, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
      • PittUSMC

        Will you? I know some of the names of those soldiers (and Marines). Do you think their wives and children find comfort knowing their loved one killed 100 "burkas"? When all is done, and we come to our senses Al Qaida will still exist. We create the enemy with our foreign meddling. It is a racket called war profiteering and it has NOTHING to do with freedom.

        August 30, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • PittUSMC

      Only the war profiteers are winning this war. It is winless and endless. The goal of the powerful is not to win, but to expand and weaken.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Maurice

        Unfortunately that very logical and truthful explanation doesn't chime with the simplistic "freedom & democracy" propaganda that is drilled into the American youths head from day 1.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      We need to get out before it is too late. There is no winning by fooling ourselves and we cannot win by patronizing others. They are winning on horses because of the battle condition. Get our troops home.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jacob Mandel

    Just another reason CNN should show Ron Paul some respect and help spread his voice.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Ron Paul is the most intelligent US politicians. He even made a lot of money betting on gold against stocks, but nobody listened him. He is even against war for humanitarian reasons, showing that it is possible to be a sensitive person, loving own country and still making money while the stupids lost their own.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
      • PittUSMC

        RON PAUL 2012!!! The ONLY non-owned candidate. Anyone else is a vote for business as usual.

        August 30, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  34. fk

    & FYI I am a Muslim

    August 30, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      You have my condolences. I would leave islam if I was you. Nothing but death and misery there.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  35. Susan

    Every month is a deadly month for our troops in Afghanistan. Just bring them home so that other families do not have to suffer the pain of losing a loved one as my family did when we lost our dearly beloved son Patrick.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • MannyZ

      Sorry for your lose, RIP Patric.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  36. Brute

    And the number of the bible is 66... There are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.. seriously, play with numbers and you can make anything up.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Brute Force

      69 for jesus!

      August 30, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Brute – It is not an arbitrary playing. There are precise rules. Every letter is a number . A=1 L = 30 H= 5 Allah is a 4 letters name and the total is 66.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Guest

        A=1 L=30 L=30 A=1 H=5.... That's 67.

        August 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno


        August 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jason

        Actually, since you have a double consonant in Arabic you don't write it twice. You write it once with a mark above it called a shadda. So the name is alif, lam, ha. The vowels are not written and the lam has a shadda. So technically it is a 3 letter name.

        August 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
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        August 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  37. charms

    I bet the Taliban wants the US to stay there as long as possible. $2 billion a month in war sunk costs is crippling to any nation

    August 30, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  38. salerno

    August the dedliest month for american soldiers as 66 died. 66 is the number of Allah and august is the month of Ramadan.
    Nothing happens without a motivation !

    August 30, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • charms

      Allah the idol?

      August 30, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • fk

      Your a moron

      August 30, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • .

      I think the number of Allah is 666... and stop with your stupid Muslim prophecies..

      August 30, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      And if you add up all the numbers on a roulette wheel it comes out to 666. Strange isn't it?

      August 30, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      allah the pagan moon god of the Quarish tribe of mohamed. Also known as a Demon called allah.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      . You think wrong. 666 is another number. A = 1 L = 30 L= 30 H =5. Allah is a 4 letter name and the total is 66.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
      • jj

        The average IQ of the people on this board is 66.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |