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Deadliest days for US troops in Afghanistan
Kabul, Oct 4 (Agencies):
Published on 4 Oct. 2009 11:45 PM IST
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Some of the deadliest days for U.S. troops in Afghanistan: — Oct. 3, 2009: Eight U.S. soldiers are killed when their outpost in Kamdesh, Nuristan, is attacked by as many as 300 militants. — July 13, 2008: Nine American soldiers are killed when their remote outpost in Wanat, Nuristan, is attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. — Feb. 18, 2007: A U.S. helicopter crashes in the Shahjoi district of Zabul province, killing eight American troops. NATO said the pilot had reported engine trouble. — May 5, 2006: Ten American soldiers die in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash during combat operations in eastern Afghanistan; the U.S.-led coalition says hostile fire was not involved. — June 28, 2005: In the deadliest single blow to American forces in Afghanistan, 16 U.S. troops on a special forces helicopter are killed when their MH-47 Chinook helicopter is shot down by insurgents. — April 6, 2005: 15 U.S. service members and three American civilians are killed when their helicopter goes down in a sandstorm while returning to the main U.S. base at Bagram. — Jan. 29, 2004: An explosion at a weapons cache in Afghanistan kills seven U.S. soldiers. — March 23, 2003: A U.S. Air Force helicopter on a mercy mission to help two injured Afghan children crashes in southeastern Afghanistan, killing all six people aboard. — March 4, 2002: Seven American soldiers are killed when two helicopters come under fire. — Jan. 9, 2002: A U.S. military aircraft crashes in Pakistan, killing all seven Marines aboard. According to a military report released in June 2002, human error likely caused the crash.

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