4 US Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
4 US coalition troops killed in Afghanistan
17. September 2008, 12:27
By FISNIK ABRASHI, Associated Press Writer
A roadside blast Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan
killed four U.S. coalition soldiers and an Afghan, the coalition said.
It did not identify the nationalities of all the victims, but the
majority of troops in eastern Afghanistan are American.
U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan in 2008 already have surpassed the
record 111 deaths the U.S. suffered last year. The number of attacks on
U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan has risen by around 30 percent this
year compared with 2007, U.S. military officials say.
The coalition did not say where the Wednesday attack took place in
eastern Afghanistan or provide any other details.
The mountainous eastern region borders Pakistan's tribal areas, where
Afghan and U.S. officials allege that al-Qaida has managed to
reconstitute itself after being driven out of Afghanistan following the
2001 invasion that ousted the Taliban from power.
The deaths came the same day U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates held
meetings in Kabul with President Hamid Karzai and other officials. Gates
expressed "personal regret" for recent U.S. airstrikes that killed
Afghan civilians, and pledged more accurate targeting in future.
Gates said the U.S. military takes extraordinary precautions to avoid
civilian casualties, but added, "It is clear that we have to work even
The issue was propelled to the forefront of U.S.-Afghan relations when
an Afghan commission found that an Aug. 22 U.S.-led operation in the
western village of Azizabad killed 90 civilians, including 60 children.
That finding was backed by a preliminary U.N. report.
A U.S. military review found that up to 35 Taliban fighters and seven
civilians died in the raid. But after video of Azizabad surfaced showing
dead children and dozens of bodies, the U.S. said it would send a
one-star general from the United States to investigate.
Roadside bomb kills five in Afghanistan
17. September 2008, 13:21
By Haroon Siddique, The Guardian
A roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan has killed
four soldiers from the US-led coalition force and one Afghan, the US
military said today.
The military did not identify the victims, but most foreign troops
serving the coalition force in that part of the country are American.
The toll is the bloodiest in a single attack in Afghanistan in recent
weeks. A resurgent Taliban, backed by al-Qaida, has this year stepped up
its campaign of suicide attacks and roadside bombings against the
government and coalition troops.
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