Troops Suffer Deadliest Month as Decision Weighed

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Eight American troops were killed in two separate attacks in southern Afghanistan, Tuesday. The attacks make October the deadliest month for U.S. troops since the 2001 invasion against the Taliban.

Seven troops were killed while on patrol when a bomb exploded near their armored vehicles. Another was killed in a separate bomb attack, also while on patrol elsewhere in the south. The total number of American casualties in the country for October has risen to 55. One Afghan civilian also died in the attacks.

"A loss like this is extremely difficult for the families as well as for those who served alongside these brave service members," Navy Capt. Jane Campbell said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends who mourn their loss."

CBN News' Chuck Holton recently returned from Afghanistan. Holton traveled on helicopters similar to the one that crashed Monday killing 14 Americans.

He discussed loss of these men and what it means for the rising casualties in Afghanistan. Click play to watch.

To hear more of Chuck's insights, you can follow his blog Boots on the Ground.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama said Monday that he will not rush to decide about sending more troops to Afghanistan, despite warnings from top generals and Senate Republicans that time is short.

At Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., the president told U.S. sailors he will be cautious about sending more service members.

"While I would never hesitate to use force to protect the American people or our vital interests, I also promise you this -- and this is very important as we consider our next steps in Afghanistan: I will never rush the solemn decision of sending you into harm's way," Obama said. "I won't risk your lives unless it is absolutely necessary."

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