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US casualties continue to rise in Afghanistan war
Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:0PM
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The number of American casualties in war-torn Afghanistan continues to rise despite plans of the withdrawal of US troops, Press TV reports.


According to the US Department of Defense, 40 US soldiers were killed during the month of July, making it the deadliest month of the year.

Prior to July, a steady decline had been seen in the casualties throughout the years.

Over the past years, casualties have typically increased during the summer, with the months of June, July, and August having the highest fatality rates.

As a result of escalating pressure from the US public which views the Afghan war as an unpopular one, and the harsh realities of the decade-long battle, the Defense Department says it plans on further reducing the number of troops stationed in Afghanistan.

The US has also expressed concerns over the rise of what has been called green-on-blue attacks, in which Afghan forces open fire on US-led troops.

On Saturday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to take measures to prevent such attacks.

At least 20 US-led soldiers have been killed since last week.

Thousands of NATO troops, due to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, are still in the country under the pretext of ‘training and working alongside Afghan soldiers’ for the anti-insurgency campaign.

According to the website iCasualties.org, at least 306 US-led foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year.

A total of 566 US-led forces died in Afghanistan in 2011. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for foreign military casualties, with a death toll of 711

The 2001-present US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in the American history.

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