Eight US Troops Die Today In Afghanistan But Not To Worry. Balloon Boy’s Mom Finally Fesses Up!

by Daniel Russ on October 27, 2009

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Why does balloon boy get more bandwidth than eight US Troops? Because we have no media. That’s why.

“KABUL (AP) — Roadside bombs – the biggest killer of U.S. soldiers – claimed eight more American lives Tuesday, driving the U.S. death toll to a record level for the third time in four months as President Barack Obama nears a decision on a new strategy for the troubled war.

The homemade bombs, also called improvised explosive devices or IEDs, are responsible for between 70 percent and 80 percent of the casualties among U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and have become a weapon of “strategic influence,” said Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz in Washington.

The attacks Tuesday followed one of the deadliest days for the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan – grim milestones likely to fuel the debate in the United States over whether the conflict is worth the sacrifice.”

Source: AP

“The commander claimed there was no longer a need for the US forces in the area around Sangin in northern Helmand, saying: “There aren’t large bodies of Taliban to fight anymore. We are dealing with small groups and we are trying to kick-start reconstruction and development.”

He described the difficulty of trying to win over locals whose relatives have been injured or killed in bomb attacks, adding: “Everyone is concerned about civilian casualties.

“Of course it is counterproductive if civilians get injured, but we’ve got to pick up the pack of cards that we have got. Other people have been operating in our area before us.”

His remarks were echoed by other British officers in Helmand who blamed the elite US troops for causing most of the civilian deaths and injuries in their area.

Also speaking anonymously, they added the American’s frequent use of devastating airstrikes was ruining Britain’s efforts to win over the “hearts and minds” of ordinary Afghans as fierce fighting against the Taliban continues.

The row highlights long-standing tensions between UK and American forces over the best way to root out Taliban insurgents.

British commanders remain convinced that use of overwhelming military power – which inevitably brings civilian casualties – will ultimately alienate local people and drive them back into the arms of the enemy.”

Source: Daily Mail UK

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