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Deadly U.S. Army outpost assault in Afghanistan underscores growing threat

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The US Army in Afghanistan suffered one of its biggest single losses of life Sunday when nine soldiers were killed during a militant attack on an Army outpost in the northeast of the country – a further sign of the growing resurgence of Taliban-linked forces. The attack will increase pressure on neighboring Pakistan, where many of the militants are allegedly based, at a time when military chiefs are increasingly turning the focus away from Iraq and toward Afghanistan.

According to the Guardian, the US soldiers were killed as their base in Kunar Province came under attack.

The fighting was set off after a multi-pronged militant assault on a small, remote US base. Militants fired machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars from homes and a mosque in the village of Wanat, in Kunar, a mountainous region that borders Pakistan, Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said.

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