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Two Americans killed in insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Two American service members died in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday after an insurgent attack, the U.S. military said.

The deaths occurred in Ghazni province, according to a military statement. Ghazni, midway between the capital, Kabul, and the main southern city of Kandahar, has been the scene of many clashes this summer between Taliban militants and the NATO force.

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An announcement regarding casualties from the American military, as opposed to the NATO force, often indicates that the troops involved are members of special-operations forces.

The deaths were the first of the month among the Western military after August’s toll came in as the highest for any month this year for both the American military and NATO force as a whole.

-- Laura King


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