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Sep 1, 2009 11:32 AM by Associated Press

Bomb kills US service member in Afghanistan

NATO says a U.S. service member has died in Afghanistan from wounds suffered in an explosion. The service member died Tuesday after a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan on Monday. No other information has been released.

The death, the first for the U.S. in September, comes after the close of the deadliest month of the eight-year Afghan war for American troops. Forty-nine U.S. troops died in Afghanistan in August, according to a count by The Associated Press.

Taliban attacks have spiked this summer and there are now a record level of American forces in the country - more than 62,000.

U.S. military leaders are now contemplating asking for more troops to combat the increasing violence.

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