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From the Washington Times:
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More U.S. military deaths in the last 10 months of the Afghan war than in the first five years of the conflict. More boots on the ground than in Iraq.
As the U.S. military death toll in the Afghan conflict reached the 1,000 mark, a fight that has become “Obama’s war” now faces its greatest challenge — a high-risk campaign to win over a hostile population in the Taliban’s southern heartland.
More casualties are expected when the campaign kicks into high gear this summer. The results may determine the outcome of a nearly nine-year conflict that has become the focus of America’s fight against Islamist militancy.
The 1,000 U.S. military death occurred in a roadside bombing Friday — just before the Memorial Day weekend when America honors the dead in all its wars.
As we usher in this Memorial Day weekend with it picnics and barbecues, please remember to be thankful for all of those brave men and women who choose to put their lives on hold and risk the ultimate sacrifice in the name of our great country. If you see a service member or veteran, please say thank you for their service, and for those families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, please remember to include them in your prayers.