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Posted by on Jul 13, 2008 in War | 2 comments

Major Attack on US Soldiers in Afghanistan

BBC: US Suffers Heavy Afghan Losses

Nine US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in clashes with Taleban militants.

US commander Daniel Dwyer told the BBC the soldiers had been killed in clashes in the north-east of the country.

The BBC’s Martin Patience in Kabul says it is one of the biggest single losses in a day for the coalition since the start of military operations there.

The attack came as international and Afghan security forces battled militants on several fronts.

On Sunday, US forces said 40 insurgents had been killed in Helmand province in the past 24 hours.

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  • StockBoySF

    I read in the news this morning that Bush needs to withdraw troops from Iraq to take care of his unfinished business in Afghanistan. Wouldn’t it be deliciously ironic if by withdrawing the troops from Iraq Bush came to discover that they weren’t needed there at all? That what the Iraqi citizens have been saying all along- that they want the US troops out- is the best way to go?

    And in the meantime we’re more or less back to square one in Afghanistan…..

    All that wasted money, and years, and lives. All those reborn terrorists that have had years to study the US and determine where we are most vulnerable….

    How I miss the Clinton years when Bill was wriggling around the definition of “is”. Now we have an administration that has as many alternate realities as there are days in the year.

    The point being that the GOP hasn’t gotten their priorities straight in this… if they wanted to go after the terrorists they could have continued the fight in Afghanistan and we wouldn’t be at this point..

  • DLS

    “I read in the news this morning that Bush needs to withdraw troops from Iraq to take care of his unfinished business in Afghanistan. Wouldn’t it be deliciously ironic if by withdrawing the troops from Iraq Bush came to discover that they weren’t needed there at all?”

    The past two months, there have been more US deaths in Afghanistan than in Iraq. Relocating the troops to Afghanistan makes perfect sense and the worse situation in Afghanistan is the perfect pretext for President Obama, not only Bush, to get troops out of Iraq. (Having it happen sooner may aid the ailing GOP in the November elections.)

    However, once the troops are moved, it is reasonable to assume the situation will get worse in Iraq, i.e., there indeed is a need for troops there. (In fact, there is a need for more troops there now, in Iraq. One of the main problems with the screwups in the occupation was wanting to do this cheaply as well as having both a conceited concept of “revolution in military affairs” push-button warfare that made ground operations less needed, and the assumption that the US would be welcomed in Iraq.)

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