The month of August is the month American forces want to forget in Afghanistan. This developed after the eight-month of the year produced the highest number of casualties in Afghanistan since the war on terror started in Afghanistan the past 10 years. According to the data from United States military 30 of those killed in Afghanistan were soldiers, most of whom members of the elite Navy Seals team who died after insurgents took down a Chinook helicopter last August 6.
With the huge number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan, President Barrack Obama ordered a partial withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan. Based on Obama’s order, 10,000 soldiers are expected to be out this year and another 23,000 withdrawn by the summer of 2012, leaving about 68,000 U.S. troops on the ground. Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has set the end of 2014 as the target date for Afghan police and soldiers to take the lead in protecting and defending the country, leaving international combat forces to go home or take on more support roles.
According to reports, aside from the Chinook crash in the southwest of Kabul, 23 also died in Kandahar and Helmand provinces in southern Afghanistan, the main focus of Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces. The remaining 13 were killed in eastern Afghanistan. Moreover, it was learned that aside from the US forces, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization coalition also suffered the loss of 14 other troops: two British, four French, one New Zealander, one Australian, one Polish and five others whose nationalities have not yet been disclosed.
August 2011 Deadliest Month for US in Afghanistan
Voice of America (blog), on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 07:20:23 -0700
A total of 66 US troops died last month, topping by one the death toll for July 2010, which previously had been the deadliest single month for the United States in Afghanistan since 2001. August’sdeath toll includes the 30 US troops killed in the …
The Other Side of the Casualty-Free Month for US in Iraq
The Atlantic Wire, on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 07:12:28 -0700
If we needed a reminder that America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are at very different stages, we got it today when The New York Times reported that, for the first time since the invasion of Iraq, an entire month has passed without a single US …