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article imageAfghan Bomb Blasts Kill 8 U.S. Troops

By Bob Gordon     Oct 27, 2009 in World
Multiple bomb blasts in southern Afghanistan killed eight U.S. troops today. Nineteen U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan in the last two days.
An Afghan civilian was killed and several service members were also wounded in these incidents. The U.S. has already suffered more casualties this year than in any other year of the war. The first was 21-year-old Lance Corporal Alberto Francesconi, of the 3rd BN, 8th Marine Reg, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. He was killed on New Year's Day.
The three soldiers killed in the helicopter collision in Southern Afghanistan yesterday were all members of the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
The names of today's eight casualties have not yet been released. The only other details that are available are that the incidents were 'multiple complex [bomb] attacks"
Today's casualties, coupled with yesterdays, and bloody bombings that killed over 150 in Iraq on the weekend are all increasing the pressure on President Obama as he considers the Army's request for more troops in Afghanistan. Kenneth Pollack, director of the Saban centre at the Brookings Institution, told the Financial Times, “These events happening simultaneously demonstrates that the situation in Afghanistan is worsening while the situation in Iraq is not improving quickly enough.”
The Taliban pledged to increase violence in the run-up to the second round of voting in the Presidential elections and these incidents are all part of that campaign. The second-round election is to be held on Saturday, November 7.
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