Oct. Deadliest Afghan Month as 8 US Troops Die

'Complex' bombings in south also take 1 Afghan life
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 27, 2009 10:05 AM CDT
US soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division fire mortars in the Pech Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar province.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Eight American troops have been killed today in multiple bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan, making October the deadliest month for American troops there since the war began in 2001. The 8 deaths occurred in "multiple, complex" bomb attacks in the south, according to the US military.

One Afghan civilian was also killed, and several other troops were wounded and taken to a nearby medical facility. The latest deaths bring to 55 the total number of American troops killed in October in Afghanistan. Fighting previously spiked around the presidential vote in August, when 51 US soldiers died.