Battle at Outpost Keating
About 300 insurgent fighters launched a massive attack on a small U.S. outpost in Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009, killing eight U.S. soldiers in one of the deadliest fights for Americans in the Afghan war. U.S. troops had pushed into the valley in 2006 to drive out insurgents and establish an Afghan government presence in the isolated district. After the attack, U.S. and Afghan troops left the area, and American commanders tried a new approach to stablizing the fractious region: They began working with one of their former enemies.
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