FILE-U.S. Army soldiers stand with Afghan policemen before a joint patrol of Qalanderkhail, outside of Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. (AP/Maya Alleruzzo)
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The suicide attack on U.S. troops that killed six near Afghanistan's Bagram airport was the deadliest assault on international forces since August. Two U.S. troops and an Afghan were also wounded when the bomber rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol on Monday.A U.S. official confirmed that six American troops were killed and two were wounded.It was the deadliest attack on foreign troops in four months.One of the attacks, on a U.S. special operations forces base outside Kabul, killed one U.S soldier and eight Afghan civilian contractors.Although the combat mission ended last year, around 9,800 U.S. troops and almost 4,000 NATO forces remain in Afghanistan.Sangin district has bounced in and out of Taliban control for some years, and fighting there has produced some of the highest casualty counts among Afghan and international forces in 14 years of war.
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