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World Digest: August Is Deadliest Month of Afghanistan War for U.S. Troops

Saturday, August 29, 2009

AFGHANISTAN

U.S. Death Brings August Toll to 45

An American service member was killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, NATO forces said, making August the deadliest month of the eight-year war for U.S. forces.

U.S. military spokeswoman Capt. Elizabeth Mathias confirmed the nationality but did not provide further details.

The death brings to 45 the number of U.S. troops who have died in Afghanistan this month. July, with 44 troops killed, had been the deadliest.

More than 60,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan to fight rising insurgent violence, boosted by about 21,000 this summer as part of President Obama's effort to rout the resurgent Taliban and increase security.

-- Associated Press

PAKISTAN

Court Lifts Curbs On Nuclear Scientist

A Pakistani court ordered the government to lift remaining restrictions on a scientist alleged to have spread nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya, his lawyer said.

The interim instruction came in response to a petition filed by scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan and could stir alarm in the United States, which still regards him as a proliferation risk.

Khan was detained in December 2003, and in early 2004 he admitted sole responsibility for operating the nuclear technology network. He has since repeatedly retracted that statement.

He was pardoned by then-President Pervez Musharraf but was placed under de facto house arrest.

-- Associated Press


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