2007 Deadliest Year for US in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ This year has become the deadliest for
U.S. forces in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.

The toll for 2007 has climbed to at least 101 with the deaths of
six more soldiers yesterday in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan.

A NATO spokesman says they were part of a group who were on foot
patrol in the high mountains after a meeting with village elders. Three Afghan soldiers died with them. Eight other Americans and 11
Afghans were wounded in the attack which a spokesman describes as a ``complex ambush.'' He says insurgents opened up with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades from several directions.

The Afghan invasion quickly accomplished its goal of ousting the Taliban and eliminating the al-Qaida sanctuary, but it has involved
into an increasingly bloody counterinsurgency.

The high toll in Afghanistan mirrors the situation in Iraq, where U.S. military deaths this month surpassed 850. That's the most for any year since the 2003 invasion.


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