July Most Fatal Month For US In Entire Afghan War
The war in Afghanistan continues to become more violent and dangerous by the day. There were 66 deaths of US soldiers in the country in July, topping the record set in June.
Although there were more total casualties in June than July for coalition forces (102 vs 89), losses for US forces have increased once again to record levels. The grim reality to the war is starting to sink in with many Americans.
With Obama’s surge under way – and casualties rising – the number of Americans who say the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting has declined from 52 percent in December to 43 percent now.
Helmand and Kandahar provinces in the south of the country are by far the most dangerous.
Along with the souring public support for the war, there have also been some damning releases on Wikileaks that demonstrate that despite massive spin by the Pentagon, things are not going as smoothly as most Americans are aware of. Some major analysts have even gone so far as to claim that the war is already over.
August and September have historically been rough months as well according to date on iCasualties, which could further erode both public and international support for the continuation of the 9 year war, the longest in American history.