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More U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan in August

The war in Afghanistan has killed a record number of U.S. forces this month .

CBS' Tina Kraus reports from London.

More American troops have died this month in Afghanistan than any other in nearly ten years of fighting.

At least 66 troops were killed in August nearly half of them when the Taliban shot down a NATO helicopter.

30 Americans died in the crash most of them elite Navy Seals.

That sent the death toll over the previous high of 65 dead in July of last year.

Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, is pleading with insurgents to drop their weapons and help rebuild the country.

He shook hands with children he said the Taliban tried to recruit as suicide bombers.

Kabul resident Elham Ahmad says, "I want our government to take care of our security so we can feel safe."

Karzai wants Afghan troops to take control of defending the nation by the end of 2014.

About 10-thousand U.S. troops are set to leave Afghanistan in the next 4 months.

Another 23-thousand American forces will be withdrawn by next summer.

Until then, U.S. commanders predict insurgents will launch more assaults to try to prove Afghan troops are incapable of protecting their country.

Tina Kraus, CBS News.

After the initial U.S. draw downs about 68-thousand American troops will remain on the ground in Afghanistan until the final pullout in 2014.


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