Medivac teams work around the clock in the Kandahar Aug 30 10.





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Published on Sep 1, 2010

Dates Shot - AUGUST 30, 2010

US medical evacuation (medevac) teams were kept busy on Monday (August 30) as fighting continues in districts surrounding Kandahar.

Violence in Afghanistan is at its worst since the Taliban were overthrown by U.S.-backed forces in late 2001, with soaring casualty rates among foreign and Afghan troops as well as among civilians who are caught up in the conflict.

Helicopters of the 101st Airborne Division Medical Evacuation Company (Task Force Destiny) fly missions in and around Kandahar.

Foreign military casualties have reached record levels this year, with more than 470 troops killed so far compared with 521 for all of 2009, according to website www.iCasualties.org and figures compiled by Reuters. Some of the casualties are Afghan military, who conduct operations alongside ISAF forces in the region.

On Monday, ISAF said five of its troops were killed by a roadside bomb in one incident in southern Afghanistan, while two others died in a separate bomb attack, also in the south.

The latest troop casualties bring to 14 the number killed in the past three days, with ISAF reporting seven other troops killed on Saturday and Sunday.

About 2,050 foreign troops have been killed since the war began, more than 60 percent of them Americans. Of those, at least 259 have died in the past three months.


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