October deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:07pm EDT

A U.S. soldier from Stryker Brigade patrols in Kandahar city October 26, 2009. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

A U.S. soldier from Stryker Brigade patrols in Kandahar city October 26, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Omar Sobhani

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - October has been the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the start of the war in 2001, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday.

The death of eight troops in bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday pushed the October death toll to 53, topping the previous high of 51 deaths in August, officials said.

(Reporting by Adam Entous; editing by Vicki Allen)

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