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    2 October 2009

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Oct. 2 in Murcheh, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when they were attacked by a suicide bomber. They were assigned to the 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion, Greensboro, N.C.

    Killed were:

    Capt. Benjamin A. Sklaver, 32, of Medford, Mass.

    Pfc. Alan H. Newton Jr., 26, of Asheboro, N.C.


    The incident is under investigation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwina's Secretary View Post
    I heard on the radio - five were killed in one day and October 2009 to date (5 days!) there have been more deaths than the whole month of October 2008.
    In the ABC News email I got this morning, they say that at least 17 troops have died so far this month - and this is only the 5th!!

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    5 October 2009

    It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that a soldier from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards has been killed in Afghanistan.


    The soldier was killed as a result of an explosion that happened whilst on a foot patrol near to Nad e-Ali district centre in central Helmand province on the morning of 5 October 2009.

    Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

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    The names have not yet been posted on the DoD website, so this is from CNN -

    (CNN) -- The flag-draped coffins of five U.S. soldiers killed during a weekend onslaught against a U.S. military outpost in Afghanistan arrived Tuesday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the military said.

    The bodies include Sgt. Joshua J. Kirk of South Portland, Maine; Spc. Michael P. Scusa of Villas, New Jersey; Spc. Stephen L. Mace of Lovettsville, Virginia; Spc. Christopher T. Griffin of Kincheloe, Michigan; and Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson of Reno, Nevada, according to the Air Force mortuary affairs office.

    Coverage of the troops' return is allowed with the permission of their families under a policy the Obama administration instituted this year.

    On Saturday, Taliban militants attacked American and Afghan troops in Nuristan province, opening fire on the outpost from multiple locations with rockets, mortars and heavy-caliber machine guns. At least eight American troops and two members of the Afghan national security forces were killed, the military said.

    It was the largest number of Americans killed by hostile action in a single day since July 2008 when nine troops died, according to CNN records.

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    We seem to be losing more people than ever. Are we actually going to send more troops to Afghanistan? Please let this stop!!

    I am beginning to wonder if this is ever going to end, for real. I don't hear any talk that indicates it's in the works. Bless these young people and their families. I can't say that enough.


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    Update post #228 -

    It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Guardsman Jamie Janes, 20, of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, in Afghanistan on Monday 5 October 2009.


    Guardsman Janes was killed as a result of an explosion that happened whilst on a foot patrol near to Nad e-Ali district centre in central Helmand province. He was mortally wounded by an improvised explosive device, which also wounded three of his colleagues. The explosion was followed up by an insurgent ambush which the patrol then had to fight off before evacuating the wounded soldiers.
    Unfortunately Guardsman Janes died en route to hospital.

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    6 October 2009


    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Maj. Tad T. Hervas, 48, of Coon Rapids, Minn., died Oct. 6 at Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 34th Infantry Division, Rosemont, Minn.

    The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

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    3 October 2009

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of eight soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Oct. 3 in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their contingency outpost with small arms, rocket-propelled grenade and indirect fires. They were assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

    Killed were:

    Staff Sgt. Vernon W. Martin, 25 of Savannah, Ga.

    Sgt. Justin T. Gallegos, 27, of Tucson, Ariz.

    Sgt. Joshua M. Hardt, 24, of Applegate, Calif.

    Sgt. Joshua J. Kirk, 30, of South Portland, Maine.

    Sgt. Michael P. Scusa, 22, of Villas, N.J.

    Spc. Christopher T. Griffin, 24, of Kincheloe, Mich.

    Spc. Stephan L. Mace, 21, of Lovettsville, Va.

    Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson, 22, of Reno, Nev.
    5 of these men were mentioned in post #229.

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    4 October 2009

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Spc. Kevin O. Hill, 23, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Oct. 4 at Contingency Outpost Dehanna, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms and indirect fires. He was assigned to the 576th Mobility Augmentation Company, Fort Carson, Colo.

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    The conflict in Afghanistan started 8 years ago today, October 7th.


    According to CNN, in Afghanistan alone, there have been 1,435 coalition deaths as of 6 October 2009 --

    865 Americans,
    11 Australians,
    one Belgian,
    219 Britons,
    131 Canadians,
    3 Czech,
    25 Danes,
    21 Dutch,
    6 Estonians,
    one Finn,
    35 French,
    30 Germans,
    2 Hungarians,
    20 Italians,
    3 Latvian,
    one Lithuanian,
    4 Norwegians,
    13 Poles,
    2 Portuguese,
    11 Romanians,
    one South Korean,
    25 Spaniards,
    2 Swedes,
    2 Turks
    and one NATO/ISAF

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    In Iraq, according to CNN, there have been 4,668 coalition deaths since the beginning in May 2003 - as of 6 October 2009 -

    4,351 Americans,
    two Australians,
    one Azerbaijani,
    179 Britons,
    13 Bulgarians,
    one Czech,
    seven Danes,
    two Dutch,
    two Estonians,
    one Fijian,
    five Georgians,
    one Hungarian,
    33 Italians,
    one Kazakh,
    three Latvians,
    22 Poles,
    three Romanians,
    five Salvadoran,
    four Slovaks,
    one South Korean,
    11 Spaniards,
    two Thai,
    18 Ukrainians

    The list also includes 13 U.S. Defense Department civilian employees.

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    Thank you for those figures, Gretchen. I am teary eyed here, looking at the ages of those young people. The statistics are mind blowing. Families will be without those soldiers on Thanksgiving and Christmas for the first time. The families will never see their loved ones again. It breaks my heart.

    Rest In Peace Fallen Soldiers Thank you for protecting us. You saved us, but, unfortunately, you couldn't save yourselves.

    I'm honestly getting to the point that I resent high government officials doing anything besides trying to bring these soldiers home asap. I know I shouldn't feel this way but I can't help it. My heart hopes they are working on a plan that will take effect right away. I just hoped I would have seen large amounts of them already home. What is it going to take? Isn't this enough?


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    Died 8 October 2009

    Sgt. Johann Hivin-Gerard, 29
    3e Regiment d'Infanterie de Marine (3rd Marine Infantry Regiment)

    Died on October 8, 2009, at Percy Military Hospital in Paris, France, of wounds sustained when a roadside bomb struck his armored vehicle while escorting a logistics convoy in the Surobi district north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 4, 2009

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    7 October 2009

    Cpl. Cristo A. Cabello Santana, 24
    Regimiento de Infanteria Ligera IX (9th Light Infantry Regiment)

    Killed when a roadside bomb struck his armored vehicle during a reconnaissance and security patrol east of Herat, Afghanistan.

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    7 October 2009


    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth W. Westbrook, 41, of Shiprock, N.M., died Oct. 7 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., of wounds suffered Sept. 8 when insurgents attacked his unit in the Ganjigal Valley, Afghanistan, using small arms and indirect fire. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

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