30 Jun '13, 11am

June deadliest month for troops in Afghanistan in 9 months

In this file photo from 2010, soldiers of Task Force Destiny pay tribute to their fallen comrade, Staff Sgt. Brandon Silk, during his memorial ceremony at Forward Operating Base Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. Tracy R. Myers/Courtesy U.S. Army KABUL -- In a dark reminder that the fighting in Afghanistan is still raging, despite the multinational military coalition’s pronouncements that the war is winding down, June has become the deadliest month for international troops in the country in nearly a year. Already in June, at least 27 foreign troops have died, including 17 Americans, the most deaths in a month since September 2012, according to iCasualties.org, a website that tracks troop deaths. Twenty-five of the deaths were termed “hostile,” or battle-related. A large part of the higher casualty rate in June is likely due to violence traditionally rising in the warmer months, as i...

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