Three recent incidents in Afghanistan, one on Sunday, two on Monday, have killed seven coalition soldiers, bringing this year's total to 84. Annualized, this would be about 112 to 113, which means that if the current trend continues, 2005 will be morethan twice as deadly as any year since we invaded Afghanistan in 2001.
While the miliary has said that they do not know what took down the Chinook helicopter on Sunday, and appear to be leaning away from violence as an explanation, Taliban militants claim responsibility. Of course, as bringing down a Chinook of their enemy would be very prestigious, they have every reason to lie and claim responsibility even if they had nothign to do with it, so I don't put too much stock in their claims.
That is all.