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Afghanistan’s Bloody August

by @ 4:18 pm on August 28, 2009. Filed under Afghanistan, Foreign Affairs

August 2009 has turned out to be the deadliest month for American forces in the 8 1/2 year history of the Afghan War:

KABUL (AP) — An American service member died in a bomb blast in Afghanistan on Friday, making August the deadliest month of the eight-year war for U.S. forces.

The service member’s vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the east, NATO forces said. U.S. forces spokeswoman Capt. Elizabeth Mathias confirmed the nationality but did not provide further details.

The death brings to 45 the number of U.S. troops who have died in Afghanistan this month, surpassing the 44 troops killed in July, which had been the deadliest.

More than 60,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan to fight rising insurgent violence, boosted by about 21,000 pouring in this summer as part of President Barack Obama’s effort to rout the resurgent Taliban and increase security for presidential elections held last week.

There have been 806 American deaths, and 1,345 total deaths among coalition forces, since the war started; 295 of those American deaths have occurred since January 1, 2009.

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