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Taliban Fighters Attack Outposts, U.S. Troops Killed in Battle

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KABUL, Oct. 4 — Firing rockets and rifles, Taliban militiamen attacked American and Afghan military outposts in a daylong siege on Saturday that killed eight U.S. soldiers and two Afghan security forces in one of the deadliest battles in months, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top military officer in Afghanistan, tells commanders to pull forces out of sparsely populated areas where U.S. troops have fought bloody battles with the Taliban for several years and focus on protecting major Afghan population centers. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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Taliban Fighters Attack Outposts, U.S. Troops Killed in Battle
Taliban Fighters Attack Outposts, U.S. Troops Killed in Battle

KABUL — As Washington policymakers debate the U.S. role in Afghanistan, most agree that one element will be important to whatever strategy emerges: the need for reconciliation with insurgents who can be bought off or otherwise persuaded to lay down their arms. (Washington Post — 14 October, 2009)
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