Eight U.S. troops killed in fierce Afghan raid
POSTED: Monday, October 5, 2009 - 3:14pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:05am
Connecticut (AP)—Militants in Afghanistan killed eight American soldiers near the Pakistan border after an early Saturday morning raid, marking one of the deadliest attacks in the now eight-year war.
The fighters also killed up to seven Afghan troops during the raid, which lasted several hours and began when the militants streamed out of a local mosque inside a small village. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
"This was a complex attack in a difficult area," Col. Randy George, the area U.S. commander, said in a statement. "Both the U.S. and Afghan soldiers fought bravely together."
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said 35 Afghan police are in Taliban custody, taking responsibility for the militant raid.