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2 U.S. soldiers die in Afghan blast

KABUL: A roadside bomb hit an American Humvee in southeastern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers and an Afghan interpreter, the American military said on Sunday. Another U.S. soldier was injured in the blast on Saturday about 100 km southwest of Ghazni, a military statement said. The wounded soldier was flown to the U.S. base in the southern city of Kandahar for treatment and was in stable condition. About 58 American soldiers have died in action in Afghanistan since the U.S. forces entered the country in 2001 to drive out the Taliban and its Al-Qaeda allies. Twenty-three of the combat deaths have occurred this year, meaning 2004 is already the deadliest year yet and undermining the insistence of American and Afghan officials that militants are on the defensive and security is improving.

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