KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - 2008 ends in Afghanistan with a record
151 U.S. troops having died in the past year.
Military officials say the conflict is likely to get even bloodier in 2009, as thousands more American troops pour into the country.
U.S. forces suffered an average of 21 deaths in Afghanistan each month this year from May to October. That was by far the deadliest six-month period in Afghanistan for American soldiers since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban.
The U.S. now has some 32,000 forces in the country.
In addition to the 151 U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan this year, British troops suffered 50 deaths, and Canadian troops 28. Other countries in the 41-nation coalition lost 56 troops combined.