[Update: 11:35 a.m. ET] American-led operations against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan will happen "more slowly than we had originally anticipated," the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan told reporters Thursday. "I think it will take a number of months for this to play out. But I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. I think it's more important that we get it right than we get it fast," Gen. Stanley McChrystal said on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Read the full story
BRUSSELS, Belgium — American casualties in Afghanistan are likely to continue to rise, particularly through the summer, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan told reporters Thursday.
"It's likely that our casualties and violence will continue to rise particularly through the summer months. They could rise well into the fall," Gen. Stanley McChrystal said on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels, Belgium. "We are pressuring the enemy and they are reacting to that," he said. FULL POST
Four Americans and a Briton were killed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, military officials said.
The four U.S. service members were killed when their helicopter was downed by hostile fire in Helmand province, said International Security Assistance Force spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph T. Breasseale.
The British soldier was killed in an explosion, also in Helmand province, the British Ministry of Defence said.
June is turning into a deadly month for international forces in Afghanistan - 29 service members, including 19 Americans, have been killed, bringing the American death toll in Afghanistan to more than 1,000, according to CNN's calculations.
"It's been a tough week," said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman. "Our operational tempo is at an all-time high. We try to do everything to prevent casualties, but we have active operations and more forces there than ever in the past."