Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wire: Update - 6 US Troops Die in Afghanistan Ahead of Election

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2009 -- Newswire services this afternoon ran updates of earlier articles and reported that the U.S. military said six American troops were killed in Afghanistan, as militants killed six election workers amid growing fears on the eve of the presidential election that insurgents would mar the vote.

News outlets had initially reported that three American troops were killed in two incidents in southern Afghanistan.

Two troops were killed in gunfire in the south on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, while a third was killed in an unspecified hostile attack. The U.S. also said a roadside bomb Tuesday in the south killed two troops, while another died of noncombat-related injuries. No other details were released.

The deaths bring to at least 32 the number of American troops killed in the country this month, a record pace. Forty-four U.S. troops died in Afghanistan last month, the deadliest month of the eight-year war, The Associated Press said.

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(Report from newswire sources.)

Source: 6 US troops die in Afghanistan ahead of election

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