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As Afghan Fighting Expands, U.S. Medics Plunge In

As Afghan Fighting Expands, U.S. Medics Plunge In

By C. J. CHIVERS
Published: June 12, 2010

MARJA, Afghanistan The Marine had been shot in the skull. He was up ahead, at the edge of a field, where the rest of his patrol was fighting. A Black Hawk medevac helicopter flew above treetops toward him, banked and hovered dangerously before landing nearby.

Several Marines carried the man aboard. His head was bandaged, his body limp. Sgt. Ian J. Bugh, the flight medic, began the rhythms of CPR as the helicopter lifted over gunfire and zigzagged away. Could this man be saved?

Nearly nine years into the Afghan war, with the number of troops here climbing toward 100,000, the pace for air crews that retrieve the wounded has become pitched. In each month this year, more American troops in Afghanistan have been killed than in any of the same months of any previous year. Many of those fighting on the ground, facing ambushes and powerful hidden bombs, say that as the Obama administrations military buildup pushes more troops into Taliban strongholds, the losses could soon rival those during the worst periods in Iraq.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/world/asia/13medevac....
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