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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Please pray...

I ask that you please pray for our Troop's in Afghanistan! This is the eve of a very dangerous time for our service members. At 10:30 PM Eastern Standard Time tonight - the elections begin in Afghanistan.

This was part of today's headline news:

KABUL – The U.S. military said Wednesday six American troops were killed in Afghanistan, as militants killed six election workers amid growing fears on the eve of the presidential election that insurgents would mar the vote.

Two troops were killed in gunfire in the south on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, while a third was killed in an unspecified hostile attack. The U.S. also said a roadside bomb Tuesday in the south killed two troops, while another died of noncombat-related injuries. No other details were released.

The deaths bring to at least 32 the number of American troops killed in the country this month, a record pace. Forty-four U.S. troops died in Afghanistan last month, the deadliest month of the eight-year war.

The Interior Ministry says about a third of Afghanistan is at high-risk of militant attack, and that no polling stations will open in eight Afghan districts under control of militants.

The latest attacks were an ominous sign that the Taliban and their militant allies are determined to disrupt Thursday's election.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that the rise in insurgent violence in Afghanistan reflected a deliberate campaign to intimidate voters. A shopkeeper near Wednesday's gunfire attack in Kabul, Abdul Jalal, said that if violence persisted into Thursday, he and his wife would not vote.

"Tomorrow we plan to go the polling center," said Jalal. "But if it was like today, we will not vote. Elections are a good thing for Afghanistan, but security is more important."
Attacks nationwide have increased in recent days from a daily average of about 32 to 48, said Brig. Gen. E. Tremblay, the spokesman for the NATO-led force.

So as you can see this is the start of a scary time for our service members and their families who are waiting anxiously at home....

Until Next Time~

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Gloria,  August 19, 2009 at 3:30 PM  

Our son David (Air Force) is deploying mid-November to Afghanistan. Thank you for reminding us of the need for prayer. Our prayers continue.

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