Monday, June 30, 2008

Afghan Casualties Exceed Iraq Toll

With Washington focusing on the downturn of violence in Iraq since the beginning of the "surge," fighting has more quietly increased in Afghanistan.

In June, more U.S. and NATO troops were killed than in Iraq for the second straight month.

U.S. presidential candidate John McCain has touted the surge as a successful strategy in his campaign speeches.

US, NATO deaths in Afghanistan pass Iraq toll (AP)

In a Wednesday, June 25, 2008 file photo, Canadian soldiers with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) leave an armored vehicle as an Afghan helicopter flies overhead in the Arghandab district after it was recaptured by NATO and Afghan troops from Taliban militants last week in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)AP - Militants killed more U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan in June than in Iraq for the second straight month, a grim milestone capping a run of headline-grabbing insurgent attacks that analysts say underscore the Taliban's growing strength.

Other news from the region:

Washington Post

Would-be Karzai assassins were Afghans
United Press International - 3 hours ago
KABUL, Afghanistan, June 30 (UPI) -- The alleged members of an assassination plot against Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai were mostly government employees, officials said.
No Afghan peace while Taliban have sanctuary - NATO Reuters
Afghan officials linked to attempt on Karzaiā€™s life The Post

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