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Four US soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Thu Aug 4, 2011 3:19PM GMT|
NATO has confirmed four American soldiers were killed in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday.
NATO also said that in another incident on the same day one of its members was shot dead by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, three other members of the U.S.-led military coalition were slain. Two were killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan. The third soldier died in a noncombat-related incident in eastern Afghanistan.
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According to Icasualties.org, the overall U.S. death toll in Afghanistan stands at 1689 since the war started in the country in 2001.
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