Toll of US soldiers dead in Afghanistan hits 1,000: Report

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 12:58

Washington: The number of US soldiers who have died in Afghanistan reached 1,000 on Monday, according to website, a grim milestone in the war launched more than eight years ago.
The independent website, which tracks military deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq, said 54 US soldiers have died in Afghanistan so far this year, compared with a toll of 316 last year -- the worst since the US-led invasion of 2001.

The top-ranking US military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, warned of more casualties as US-led forces press an offensive in Marjah, a key Taliban stronghold, where foreign troops have faced strong militant resistance.

"We must steel ourselves, no matter how successful we are on any given day, for harder days yet to come," he told reporters.

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First Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 12:58

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