The month is not officially over yet, but the Pentagon is already calling July 2010 the deadliest month in the nine-year war in Afghanistan. At least 63 American troops were killed in hostile action. Another 7,149 were wounded.
Prior to the new milestone, June had been the deadliest month for U.S. forces, at the cost of 60 lives. To date, more than 1,100 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan since 2001.
As of Friday, the Iraq war has claimed more than 4,400 lives since March 2002. In less than two months, 2,700 members of the Idaho-based 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team will begin a one-year deployment to Iraq. They're scheduled to ship out to Camp Shelby, Miss. for two months of preparation before spending 10 months "in theater" in Iraq.