August 23rd, 2010
12:19 PM ET

4 U.S. troops killed

Four U.S. troops were killed Sunday in Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said.

Two died following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, ISAF said in statements. A third died in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, and the fourth died in an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan.

No further details about the incidents were released. An ISAF spokesman said all four troops were Americans.

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Meanwhile, an Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents, including a suspected Taliban commander, in Kandahar province on Saturday, ISAF said. The commander is believed to have been "involved in ambushes, improvised explosive device attacks and the acquisition of weapons and munitions," the military said in a statement.

The suspected commander was one of four insurgents detained. The security force then moved to another compound, where three suspected insurgents were detained for further questioning. A hand grenade was found at the scene, ISAF said.

And two Afghan female civilians, one of them a child, were killed when insurgents attacked an Afghan and coalition patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Saturday, the military said. Insurgents attacked the patrol with rocket-propelled grenades and weapon-mounted grenade launchers, according to ISAF. The patrol responded with small arms and mortar fire.

After the engagement, troops received a report that a child was killed by insurgent fire, ISAF said. A woman was taken to a nearby coalition patrol base, where she died of wounds received by an insurgent rocket-propelled grenade.


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  1. LCpl. Organized Chaos

    Kill em all

    October 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dindy Sri lanka

    In Afghanistan there is more to be improved according to the time US and NATO troops have spent. They have done their best but the government support is not enough . This is time that the Afghan army should take over with their own government and rule their country. US and NATO troops cant take care of children too. How sad to see these children die before they are five and mother"s take drugs.!!! All the evil should be disappeared from whole earth in Jesus name!!! and will be replaced with people who are sharing and caring for each other.

    August 26, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. disaspointed

    i'm really dissapointed by the comments here. young men/women have lost their lives. this is horrible and devastating to the families...

    August 24, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      And this obscene war is devastating to millions of Afghans,too!

      August 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Jerry,how right you are!!!

        August 25, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        Don't be such a suck up

        August 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      @disappointed,
      I'm sorry to have offended you with this forum. You must understand that as active military men we get offended what things are said or done towards us. Of course we are going to stand up for what we fight for. That's what we do. Yes it is horrible and devastating, but most importantly, it's reality. We must face it. War isn't going to stop just because something horrible and devastating happens. Thing is, I have lost numerous friends in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm going to get mad. I'm going to be furious. And I'm going to say what I feel should I feel offended by what is reported and posted on this or any other website. Again, I'm sorry you're disappointed in what has been posted, but please understand we are going to stand up for what we believe without hesitation.

      August 24, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        I disagree,but you have a right to what you believe in like I do.

        August 25, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        with all my respect to Jake. May the SPIRIT within you make you stronger and be with you as always.. Guide you and help you to go on and win over.

        August 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pamiri

    hey Obama how to you bear Karzai, you sent Sen, Kerry to warning him , What happened he made some excuses to convince you, it is not the solution, the solution is to replace Karzai to some good one

    August 24, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. pamiri

    till Karzai would be president the killing is never ends, because Karzai are supporting Pakistan and Taliban because Karzai and Taliban are Pashtuns, Karzai is supporting Taliban in one and other way, we all should get togather and replace Karzai by someone who loves and spent his life and has been fighting against Taliban from very past time, then we would have good life, stable country no killing of soldiers there, otherwise with having of Karzai all of soldiers are under the risk of killing by barbarims and terrorism and ISI

    August 24, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jake

    Elite Soilders? Pakistani Army? I would shove that AK 47 up that chic in the middle of the village and your "elite" soldiers still wouldn't come out into the open and fight like men. You will still hide behind your homes planting IED's fighting like women. Come out and fight! Our president isn't hiding. Our country isn't hiding. But you are! We have made you fear living in your own home. We have made cowards out of you in your own country. What "elite" soilders? Cowards! Cowards! Cowards?

    August 23, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Hey Jake,what's so manly about those filthy creeps who operate those cursed drones from half way around the world hurling 500lb. bombs on defenseless people? These lowlifes make me ashamed to be an American and they should make you feel that way,too!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Over it

      @ Jerry,
      I was one of many people protected by those drones in Afghanistan. You should be ashamed of yourself...calling our troops lowlifes. I bet you couldnt survive in the places weve been. You are ignorant and you should be shipped off to Afghanistan so you can be with people who try to kill you everyday. Its war...mistakes are made and its horrible. No one is proud of innocent civilians being killed...oh yeah unless your taliban...they celebrate everytime they kill civilians.

      August 24, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      @Jerry,
      Nice try but you have it figured wrong yourself. I base my facts from experience. How much experience do you have to know what we are or aren't doing? You make a slight half point; however, it's incomplete. I'd say since they are hiding and planting IEDs compared to our "drones," seems like a pretty equal comparison. You do the math. We are calling them out. We're walking in their streets in the open day light. Driving through their villages helping out their people and kids when we can. Yet still they don't come out and fight. Yet they still hide. There's absolutely nothing elite about that. They invaded and attacked our country and and like men, we immediately stood up and fought for what is ours. I don't know about you Jerry, but if someone invades my house I'm going to come out and fight because it's MY house. Clearly you're scared and cowardly....well, from where ever you are. Sounds to me if someone wanted to take over your home you'd plant booby traps, hoping to take some down, but would most likely let the culprit have his way. And if you're so ashamed to be an American Jerry, no one is stopping you from leaving. That simple! Yes you have your free right to speech and live where you'd like, but what did you do to earn that? Besides being born in the right place. You're welcome for those free rights. Those rights that myself and "Over It" have protected for you. You don't have to say anything because you don't have an argument. Just by you continuing to live here under those free rights that our troops protect, and you use, it thanks enough. Please continue bashing at will. Because in the end, you're welcome!! No matter how you try to spin it, you're welcome!!!

      August 24, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andrew Lubin

    Sad news. RIP

    August 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Donna

    Alex Maldanado you will be missed by all. Your baby boy and your gf Kourtney will be taken care of. Rest in peace.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gary Johndro

    This is terrible!

    August 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Cook

      That it is! Need I say more?

      August 23, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |