In one of the deadliest weeks since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, eight US soldiers are killed in bomb attacks in the south as President Barack Obama takes his time to rethink the war strategy.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement Tuesday that the mortalities were caused by multiple bomb attacks.
"Additionally, several service members were wounded in these incidents and were transported to a regional medical facility for treatment," read the statement, AFP reported.
On Monday, eleven US troops died in two separate helicopter incidents, one in western Afghanistan and the other in the south. Three American civilians were also killed in the incident in western Afghanistan.
The US-led force, which enlists more than 100,000 American and foreign soldiers, is struggling to curb the violence in the country that is being challenged by warlords, drug traffickers and insurgents.
Meanwhile, the ongoing military presence, which has provoked the militants, continues to claim the lives of thousands of Afghan civilians.
The US Army and the Republicans have been pressuring the White House to deploy some 40,000 extra troops to the war. President Obama, however, says he will not “rush the solemn decision” of sending more troops to Afghanistan.
“I won't risk your lives unless it is absolutely necessary,” President Obama said Monday. “And if it necessary, we will back you up to the hilt.”
The deaths on Monday and Tuesday make October the deadliest month in Afghanistan for the Americans since the start of the war, which has failed to achieve its goals of eliminating the Taliban and capturing the supposed elements behind the 9/11 attacks in the US.
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