The new strategy of clear and hold is bound to cause more casualties. Already a majority of Americans oppose the war and with continuing casualties the numbers will increase. However, there has always been bipartisan support for the war so those who are anti-war have nowhere to go in the two main parties. The civilian death toll is also soaring in spite of the new rules about air strikes.
US troops killed in deadliest month of Afghan war
Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:29am EDT
* Two more deaths takes monthly U.S. military toll to 41
* U.N. says 1,013 civilians killed in January-June 2009
* Convoy carrying ballot papers attacked, soldiers killed