Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Record 151 US Troops Die In Afghanistan In 2008

Photo: A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender air-to-air tanker from the 908th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron refuels a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft over Afghanistan on Dec. 15, 2008. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

From AP:

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A record 151 U.S. forces died in Afghanistan in 2008, the deadliest year yet in a seven-year war that military officials say is likely to get even bloodier in 2009, as thousands more American troops pour into the country.

The number of roadside bombs doubled from the year before to roughly 2,000, with many of the devices more powerful than in previous years.

Unlike in 2007, when militants carried out ambushes only in small numbers, insurgents over the last year massed in groups of hundreds on multiple occasions. Some 200 militants nearly overran a small U.S. outpost in eastern Afghanistan in July, launching an early morning attack that killed nine U.S. troops.

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My Comment: This tally will be increasing appreciably in 2009. How much .... your guess is as good as mine.

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