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500: Deadly U.S. Milestone in Afghan War

Not long after Staff Sgt. Matthew D. Blaskowski was killed by a sniper’s bullet last Sept. 23 in eastern Afghanistan, his mother received an e-mail message with a link to a video on the Internet. A television reporter happened to have been filming a story at Sergeant Blaskowski’s small mountain outpost when it came under fire and the sergeant was shot
Since then, Sergeant Blaskowski’s parents, Cheryl and Terry Blaskowski of Cheboygan, Mich., have watched their 27-year-old son die over and over. Ms. Blaskowski has taken breaks from work to watch it on her computer, sometimes several times a day, studying her son’s last movements.

“Anything to be closer,” she said. “To see what could have been different, how it — ” the bullet — “happened to find him.”

For months, the Blaskowskis felt alone in watching their son die in an isolated and nearly forgotten war. A

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Added: Aug-7-2008 
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  • Jesus, if I wanted to read I wouldn't have dropped out of elementary school.

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  • RIP 500. Sad news. Some of the comments here show no respect for either soldier or family - shame on you.

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  • we grieve at the loss of one , millions of yours die nobody cares

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  • lol at yall's comments

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    • You should talk, being from Texas gives you default idiot status. If your parents moved from Texas to, say, California then got divorced, would they still be brother and sister?

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  • pretty low losses considering the length of the wars and the type of fighting.
    show ho wincompetent the muji really are.

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  • mujtanib911, the only one who will burn in hell is you and your kind, you swine fucking asshole.
    IzzyinaTizzy, your a fucking traitor

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  • And the population crested 30 million a while ago...

    The languages are Pasthu, Dari, and Uzbek as well as a smattering of other Turkic laguages, and some other arabic deritives.

    The ethnic groups are Pashtu, Dari, Hazara, Tajik, Uzbek, and more smaller tribes. Each ethnic group has many sub tribes. For instance, President Karzai is Pashtun Durrani by descent. Durrani i Durrani is viewed as a hero in Pashtun folklore/history.

    I do agree that the Afghan people are brave, and honourable. More..

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  • WELL THERE MUST NOT BE ALOT OF BAD NEWS IN IRAQ SO THE LIB PRESS IS STARTING TO COUNT DEAD AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN. HOW COME WE NEVER GET A COUNT ON THE DEAD ENEMY SOLDIERS?THANK YOU TO ALL THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRAFICE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.

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  • What you are doing is what America did in Gaza, Iraq, Iran, Chile, etc.

    You are installing a puppet government to reap Afghanistan's resources, you won't be forgiven, and when you come home at the end of the day, remember that God is just and being just, doles out punishments to those who are evil

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  • "The Afghanis fought the Soviets whos Military machine at the time, exceeded that of the United States by 2-1. These people are strong, resourceful, and brave.

    Don't for a second think Afghanistan will be a cake walk "


    Apart from the language mistake at the beginning you are however 100% correct here. Asalam Alaikum.

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  • I am also more familiar with their customs and codes then you could imagine. What you think you know, you do not.

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  • Actually, I am familiar with Pashtunwali, as I spent most of my time in Afghanistan working with Pashtun. Go figure.

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  • psh. 500 is few casualties. But yeah. The less the more you will renember someone. After all WW2 lost around 400,000 to 500,000 casualties. If the United wouldnt use the Atomic Bombs. you would of seen over 1 million casualties of soldiers. And do me a favor STOP CRYING.

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  • Ohhh... And leftist. Should that not read communist? Christ, I was wrong. The nazis only managed to kill 11 million plus. The fucking communists however managed to kill off more the 300 million people.

    The nazis look like fucking boy scouts compared to your heros.

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  • Make afghanistan a big parking lot build a huge stadium so we can have the superbowl there every year

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  • fuck us pig!!

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  • We are all cunts, we justify our level of cuntdom by picking a side a claiming to be just.

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  • who's the scumbag that would send a mother a video of her kid getting killed? nazi's...islamic fundamentalists...same shit,different names. uncompromising ideology,acquisition of "living space",destruction or subjugation of "inferior peoples".

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  • Islam is parasitic. America will prevail as it always does, along with its allies. May we coat our bullets in pig fat, and burn the bodies of our truly primitive and subhuman adversaries. To digress from my prophetic tone, I will continue to wipe my ass with the heathen-text known as the koran.

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  • guy is*

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    • Compared to andy, the guy you're accused of being, you have much more dimensions of thought and your "global" perception of the world is much more complex. I mean "global" in the right-brain sense. You "see" more than your average muppet on LL. It's a compliment.

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  • DEath.

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  • where is the video clip of his death? i want to see it too

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  • "SSG Blaskowski Talks From His Hospital Bed"
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4WBj9pkaYQ

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    Apparently he had been injured by a bullet before.

    Second time around killed him.

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  • Ok, you first faul there neo-nazi, is you assume that NATO is going to stay for ever and ever in Afghanistan. That is not the case.

    Second, keep on mentioning Isreal and the "evil" jews everytime you open your yap. Do you think you look more or less intelligent talkng like a neo-nazi inbred douchebag?

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    • Jews aren't evil, zionists are. I have come to see how Judaism forbids the creation of a jewish state as stated in the old testament.

      However, it is the hypocrisy that NATO is ready to take on peasants who simply want raise their families, and at the same time, wouldn't dare even insult the apartheid regime of Israel which left Nobel Prize Winner Desmond Tutu due to the hourly human rights abuses.

      You are a living hypocrisy

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    • Oh really, you do not know me, and yet you wonder so dangerously into the realm of idiocy. On this comment you do manage to find some truth by accident though.

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    • No, it is not by accident. Canada wouldn't dare chastise Israel for its apartheid treatment of the Palestinians.

      But then again, Palestinians aren't human, are they!

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  • source http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/07/us/07afghan.html?_r=2&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

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