July 2010 is the deadliest month in the Afghanistan war. Six people killed three each on Thursday and Friday. This bring the death toll to 66. The surpassing this past June.
The pentagon confirms the deaths. Five were killed by IED’s (a.k.a road side bombs). The sixth death confirmed by NATO by a fire-fight.
American commanders say the death toll rise is a result of the Taliban strengthening their resolved and more NATO troops mostly for the US are the causes for the increased numbers of deaths.
“Recent months in Afghanistan have … seen tough fighting and tough casualties. This was expected,” the top U.S. and NATO commander, Gen. David Petraeus, said at his Senate confirmation hearing last month. “My sense is that the tough fighting will continue; indeed, it may get more intense in the next few months.”
There was a slight decline of deaths in the Spring; now all bets are off:
After a dip in American deaths last spring following the February capture of the southern town of Marjah, U.S. fatalities have been rising — from 19 in April to 34 in May to 60 in June. Last month’s deaths for the entire NATO-led force reached a record 104, including the 60 Americans. This month’s coalition death count stands at 89, including the 66 Americans.
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