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4 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

According to the New York Times, four American soldiers died in a roadside explosion on Sunday, the United States military said, in the worst of several attacks by insurgents around the country.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009
/03/16/world/asia/16afghan.html?ref=world

The Taliban threatened to increase attacks on foreign and Afghan forces in Afghanistan to defy the increase in American troops arriving in the country over the coming months.

In a separate attack on Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up on a main road south of Kabul, killing two Afghan civilians and wounding nine others.

"I saw lots of people in the cars wounded and shouting for help but there was no one to help," said Mohammed Haroon, a mechanic whose neighbor was wounded.

According to the Daily Times in Pakistan, a surge of bombs ripped through parts of Afghanistan on Sunday, killing four United Sates soldiers and three Afghan civilians, officials said, in attacks linked to a Taliban-led insurgency.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C03%5C16%5Cstory_16-3-2009_pg7_1

The three separate attacks happened amid growing concern about extremist violence in Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan, more than seven years after the Taliban were removed from government in a US-led invasion.

The Taliban claimed to be responsible for the attack that killed the four International Security Assistance Force troopers in the eastern province of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan.

“It was an improvised-explosive device. Four soldiers were killed,” an ISAF spokesman at the force’s Kabul headquarters told AFP.

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