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4 soldats américains tués en Afhganistan

Two roadside bombs that struck back-to-back only miles apart hit two U.S. military vehicles Monday, killing four American troops, U.S. and Afghan officials said. They died June 1 in Nerkh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Fort Drum, N.Y.
Killed were: Staff Sgt. Jeffrey A. Hall, 28, of Huntsville, Ala , Pfc. Matthew D. Ogden, 33, of Corpus Christi, Texas, Pfc. Matthew W. Wilson, 19, of Miller, Mo.

4 soldats américains tués en Afhganistan
U.S. military officials have predicted a 50 percent spike in improvised explosive device attacks in Afghanistan this year as militants step up attacks and thousands of more troops pour into the country.

The deaths bring to 64 the number of U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan this year, according to an Associated Press count based on military figures. That far surpasses the 36 troops killed through the first five months of 2008, the deadliest year for American forces since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban.

Col. Greg Julian, the top U.S. spokesman in Afghanistan, said the two IED strikes occurred "not too far away from each other." He declined to give further details because family members hadn't yet been notified. He confirmed the deaths of four Americans.

"We certainly do expect an increase and there has been an increase in insurgents' use of IEDs, which is their primary means of conducting attacks because they can't launch an effective direct attack," Julian said. "And we anticipate a continued increase in the use of this tactic."

Though the U.S. military declined to say where the strikes occurred, an Afghan official said the two attacks happened in Wardak, one province west of Kabul that saw an influx of 10th Mountain Division troops earlier this year.