U.S. Death Toll In Afghanistan At Two-Year Low

The Washington Post reports today that 17 U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan in November and that “[t]he last time the monthly death toll came in under 17 was in December 2009.” While 2011 is still on track to be one of the deadliest of the war for American forces, and November falls outside of the traditional “fighting season,” the Post adds that “the relatively low toll still appears to be a testament to officials’ claims of progress against insurgents, particularly in the south.”