US Death Toll in Afghanistan Doubles Over '08

310 have died so far; experts think surge will worsen losses
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2009 8:03 AM CST
The family of Army National Guardsman Sgt. Kevin Grieco of Bartlett, Ill., watches as a flag is removed from his coffin, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery.   (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
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(Newser) – A bomb has killed the 310th US soldier to die in Afghanistan this year, making the total number of 2009 casualties exactly twice that of the 155 lost in 2008. And though this has been the deadliest year of the war for the US, military officials tell the AFP that those numbers will likely worsen with the troop surge. International forces have suffered 196 losses in Afghanistan this year.

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