2009 was deadliest year for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN MARINESAccording to Pentagon records, 2009 was the deadliest year for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and the first year in which casualties there exceeded those in Iraq:

More than 312 American soldiers died in Afghanistan last year — nearly twice as many as in 2008. In Iraq, only 150 Americans lost their lives, half as many as the year before. Military officials and analysts predict the trend will continue into 2010 as the U.S. continues to draw down forces in Iraq and build up troop levels in Afghanistan as part of President Obama’s new military strategy there.

Britain also lost 107 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2009, more than doubling the total from 2008. About 30,000 additional U.S. troops will arrive in Afghanistan this year, bringing the total U.S. troop presence in the region to about 100,000.