The deaths of 6 American soldiers in an ambush yesterday make 2007 the deadliest year so far for US troops in Afghanistan, the AP reports. This year's toll is at 101. The AP also says that more than 5,800 people, most of them militants, have been killed in the country this year, the highest number since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
Yesterday's ambush took place in eastern Afghanistan, where soldiers returning from a meeting with village elders were attacked with guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Three Afghan troops were killed in the attack, and another eight US soldiers wounded. The US death toll in Iraq, which surpassed 850, is also at a yearly high. "With Sunday being Veterans Day, this is a reminder of the sacrifices that our troops (make)," said a military spokesman.