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Ninety CIA employees have been posthumously honored for their deaths in the line of duty since the agency's inception in 1947. Fatal incidents include:

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October 2003: Two CIA contractors die while tracking terrorists near Shkin, Afghanistan.

Feb. 5, 2003: A CIA officer is killed in eastern Afghanistan during a training exercise.

Nov. 28, 2001: CIA officer Johnny Michael Spann is fatally shot during an uprising by Taliban prisoners near Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan.

1998: Two CIA officers die in the line of duty.

1993: On Jan. 25, two CIA employees are killed at the gates of the agency headquarters in Langley. In August, a CIA officer is killed in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

1989: Eight CIA employees are killed in the course of the year, including six on board a CIA plane that crashed Nov. 30 while carrying military equipment from Zaire to Angola.

March 16, 1984: CIA Beirut station chief William Buckley is kidnapped. After being tortured, he is killed in 1985.

April 18, 1983: 17 Americans, including eight CIA employees, are killed in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

1965: Seven CIA employees die, most of them in Vietnam.

Sources: News reports and "The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives," by Ted Gup.

-- Staff researcher Julie Tate

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