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Three U.S. soldiers who participated in the March 4 firefight in eastern Afghanistan that proved to be the deadliest day of the Afghan war for U.S. military personnel. They are: Staff Sgt Raymond M. DePouli, Pfc David Gilliam, and Spec. Aaron Totten-Lancaster. (Master Sgt. John M. Pennell - U.S. Army)
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Ambush at Takur Ghar: A Chronology A look at how the operation unfolded in the mountains of Afghanistan.
The Battle
The Rescue
Video
 Post Reporter Bradley Graham talks about the process of reporting on the operation and lessons the military learned from the experience.
Profiles
Roberts Killed in Battle The seven servicemen who died during a rescue effort in the mountains of Afghanistan.
From the Pentagon
 Executive Summary of Takur Ghar report
 Background Briefing
 Photo of Takur Ghar
Archive Video
MSNBC icon March 4, 2002: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke to reporters about the Gardez offensive and the U.S. servicemen killed in two helicopter incidents in Afghanistan.
Part 1: Ambush at Takur Ghar
Fighting for Survival In the Afghan Snow 
The firefight at Takur Ghar - a frigid, desolate and enemy-ridden mountain ridge - cost seven American lives. How the operation unfolded revealed the shortcomings of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, but highlighted the extraordinary commitment of American soldiers.

Part 2: Ambush at Takur Ghar
Attack at 10,000 Feet
A review of the deadly battle has stirred debate among military officials about balancing the need for urgent response against the risk of proceeding on incomplete information, and has led to efforts to improve communication.

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