Two U.S. soldiers killed, Afghan war heats up

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    KABUL, July 12 (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed two U.S. Marines in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said on Sunday, the latest deaths in an escalation of violence that has put pressure on coalition leaders over their war strategy.

    Thousands of U.S. Marines and hundreds of British soldiers have been fighting major new offensives in the past 10 days in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold and Afghanistan's biggest producer of the opium that funds the insurgency.

    The assault by U.S. Marines, Operation Strike of the Sword, is the first major operation under U.S. President Barack Obama's new regional strategy to defeat the Taliban and stabilise Afghanistan, which holds a presidential election on Aug. 20.

    It was launched with insurgency violence at its highest since the Taliban's austere Islamist government was ousted in 2001 by U.S. and Afghan forces for failing to hand over al Qaeda leaders wanted over the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

    Violence has flared again throughout Afghanistan since the operation began on July 2, with attacks in traditional Taliban strongholds in the south and east as well as in relatively more peaceful areas in the north and west.

    The Taliban backlash has put pressure on leaders in Washington and London, who say U.S. and other NATO-led troops have pushed back Taliban insurgents but that a lot of tough fighting remains to be done during the summer

    Obama told Sky News on Saturday the United States and its allies would have to evaluate Afghanistan again after next month's election to see what other military or development steps might be needed. [ID:nLAL002272]

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    The latest two soldiers to be killed by a roadside bomb died in Helmand on Saturday, a U.S. military spokeswoman said.

    "The one attack in Helmand killed two Marines," said spokeswoman Lieutenant Commander Christine Sidenstricker.

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    what amazes me cw....no one seems to care.....drudge had it on its headline for one day or so...now had it been gossip....drudge would leave it up for a week....i remember under bush the dead counts....people talked about how many died....etc..all the time...where are those people now? are is it less important because we have obama....and now we, as a people are ignoring the death count.

    more gold star mothers...
     
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    I was a soldier, we can die, and we should never expect anyone but our mother to care.

    That is what all good soldiers must learn.

    That and how to take a shower in the desert with a helmet full of water.
     
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    It only mattered when Bush was in as it was a good club to beat him with.

    Notice how little anyone now cares about 'our troops' now that BO is POTUS.
     
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    yes xen i have noticed that....as evidenced by the threads i have done on it since july 3rd...
    seems no one really wants to hear it or see it...damped their holidays and all....as a country we need to remember service people are dying ...there is no "home front" sacrifice going on....it truly is a shame...that people do not care about those fighting ...or that obama has back down from bringing them home....
     
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    Their lives were wasted, in my opinion.
     
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    jw...what is more precious than someone willing to die for you? i care...i would not feed my son to the war machines...but i do not think we should be idle about those who are dying and being wounded.
     
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    that is the shame of it all...isnt it ed...so many lives destroyed...so many wounded....when will people start seeing the number of wounded?
     
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    Nothing is more precious, once I was that precious.

    Indeed if some one is not that willing, they will not be dying for us, we will all be dying.
     

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