With the deaths of nine more troops in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, 2010 has become the deadliest year for NATO since the war began. All nine troops were American, and the Los Angeles Times reports that their deaths happened in Zabul province, where the Taliban is strong. So far, 529 Western forces have been killed this year, after the combat deaths sharply increased in June and July. In 2009, 521 Western troops died.
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