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Four American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Four U.S. troops were killed in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday in what the New York Times is calling a Taliban response to a planned increase in U.S. presence in the Middle Eastern country.

Yahoo! News is reporting that violence in the Kunar region of Afghanistan, where a series of attacks have taken place in 2009 including Sunday’s attack, is up 131 percent from the first two months of 2008.
“The enemy that has a traditional hold in the area are deeply entrenched with the population," Lt. Col. Rumi Nielson-Green said to the Times. “The population is also very xenophobic and are largely 'fence sitters.’ ”
The attack, which the Taliban has taken responsibility for, is likely a response for an increase of 700 troops in the region and what likely lies ahead for the 17,000 troops who will be deployed to Afghanistan.