2 US Soldiers Killed in Philippines

Land mine triggers first US casualties in the nation since 2002
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2009 3:49 AM CDT
Philippine Marines secure a rebel camp of the Abu Sayyaf group where they raised a Philippine flag, background, in the island province of Jolo in the southern Philippines last week.    (AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan)
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(Newser) – Two American soldiers and a Filipino marine were killed when their vehicle rolled over a land mine in the southern Philippines today. The men were fetching supplies for a school when their vehicle was hit, officials say.  The American soldiers, part of a 300-strong force helping the Filipino army fight al-Qaeda-linked Islamic insurgents, are the first to be killed in the Philippines since 2002.