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4 dead after IED attack in Afghanistan
4 dead after IED attack in Afghanistan
By Jim Heintz - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Jan 5, 2010 9:24:42 EST

KABUL A roadside bombing killed four U.S. service members the first American combat deaths of the year in Afghanistan while a British soldier died during a foot patrol elsewhere in the volatile south of the country, officials said Monday.

A statement from NATOs International Security Assistance Force said the explosion that killed the U.S. service members took place Sunday in the south, but did not give further details on the location or the victims branch of service.

Afghan insurgents are increasingly turning to IEDs in their fight against Afghan and international forces. Of the 304 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan last year, 129 were caused by IEDs, according to a tally by The Associated Press.

The deaths are the first U.S. fatalities from hostile action in Afghanistan this year. One U.S. service member died of noncombat causes so far in 2010.

The British soldier died while on foot patrol Sunday in Helmand province, the British Ministry of Defense said.


Rest of article at: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/01/ap_afghanistan_01... /


unhappycamper comment: To date nine hundred fifty three American soldiers have been killed in the continuing occupation of Afghanistan --> http://www.icasualties.org/OEF/Index.aspx

Evidently Jim was too busy to fact check his article.

1. 319 American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan during 2009.
2. There were 152 IED deaths in Afghanistan during 2009.
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