Turns out, due to the downed Chinook, that August 2011 is the worst month for casualties in Afghanistan since the invasion nearly ten years ago.
The United States has suffered many losses this year, but we are not alone. According to the Associated Press:
...In addition to the 66 Americans killed so far this month, the NATO coalition suffered the loss of two British, four French, one New Zealander, one Australian, one Polish and four other troops whose nationalities have not yet been disclosed.
So far this year, 402 international service members, including 299 Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan...