February 21st, 2010
12:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Petraeus: U.S. losses in Afghan offensive 'will be tough'

(CNN) - As coalition and Afghan forces entered the second week of a major offensive against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, the head of U.S. Central Command warned that the potential loss of lives among U.S. forces in the operation "will be tough."

Gen. David Petraeus said the losses could be comparable to those seen after the 2007 surge of U.S. troops into Iraq.

"They'll be tough. They were tough in Iraq," Petraeus said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. buckeye

    Liar. How many of the 9/11 terrorists were from Afghanistan? zero. How many of them were Taliban? zero. Most were from Saudi Arabia and Egypt, so how many US troops are in those countries allegedly fighting terrorism? zero. Lies got us into the war in Iraq and lies are keeping us in the war in Afghanistan.

    February 21, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Aunt Bea and Opie

    This war may have been over years ago if it hadnt been for Cheney taking his eye off the ball and wanting to fill his bank acct. instead.

    February 21, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. USN

    What happened to the constant body count ? With Bush we heard it every day ? What happened ? Is it not important anymore ? What happened ?

    February 21, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Eventually, the Marines will have to leave Marjah, at which point the Taliban will come back and retake the town. It is like trying to leave a footprint in water.

    February 21, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Conservatism equals illiterate ignorance

    The very idea any confrontation of military assets can be accomplished without any losses is laughable at best. Losses are and should be expected and it should be realized this is the only way anything will be accomplished in any form. The idea we are so powerful and utilize such technology as to make us invincible and beyond losses is a very sad state of affairs brought on by the shock and awe tactics touted by the Bush/Cheney administration. As we saw then such capabilities do not exist in any form for any military organization, if you are going to accomplish anything there are going to be losses, end of story.

    February 21, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Lynn

    Petraeus uses the euphemisms "tough" instead of what it really is. Fatalities in a senseless and utterly waste of time, war. He should be escourting the "tough" losses from the battlefields to their burials and face the loved ones back home.

    February 21, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. The other Michael in Houston

    I agree with the General's assessment of the situation. Dick needs to shut his mouth, if he and the Bush Adminstration would have kept the eye on the ball, this Afgan campaign would have been completed by now

    February 21, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    End this unconstitutional war now! No more war for corporate profit.

    February 21, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Every American life lost in this primitive Muslim hellhole is a complete waste, with the sole effect of sustaining a pseudo-government which supplies over ninety percent of the world's opium.

    February 21, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Send our Congress members over there with a gun each. That should get SOMETHING for the money we've paid them.

    February 21, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Right Leaning Independent

    The loss of life will be made tougher by the rules of engagement set for this assault! An enemy can throw their gun down and walk away from a fire fight only to fight again another day. I understand the need to save innocent lives but our troops lives are worth a lot more than this policy!! I am sure there will be many reports later of US losses due to this hand tying policy!!

    February 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    We pray for our troops and their families. Republicans need to stop playing politics with our troops and do something constructive like support their families, they are also the forgotten one. I had a husband and family members who served in Vietnam and know and understand how important it is to support the families as well.

    February 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    General Petraeus likens this push to those in Iraq. When it is over will Obama be borrowing the "mission accomplished" banner?

    1000's of troops left in Iraq, 1000's shipped to Afghanistan. Terroists plotting to harm the US. The world suspicious of our motives.

    What was the Change again?

    February 21, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Alvan Balent

    What do we do after we "WIN" in Afghanistan? We will probably attempt to establish a government. Then when we leave the Taliban will return and kill all who supported us.

    February 21, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Ronay Hunter-Bracey

    USA citizens should be praying daily for all our troops. May God protect them from harm.

    February 21, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. shoegazer

    As the body count continues to rise and the possibilty of any kind of victory continues to decline,isn't it well past the time to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans.

    February 21, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Mohit Sharma

    I think, the Media (Press) controls the world.

    It can create criminals, It can make innocent people criminals and vice versa.

    I would like to know why does media has to boast so much for the terrorist successes than our Army sucsess.

    Let us black out the terror atacks from Media. Let us not make them famous. Let us ignore them.

    That can be one peaceful, no expediture start. I hope America does it 1st and CNN the foremost, blackout all terror success, do not report them as they only create fear which is not needed. Let us report responsibly.


    February 21, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |