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Oct 5, 2009 12:17 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Eight Fort Carson soldiers die in attack in Afghanistan

Eight U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Carson have died after a big attack in eastern Afghanistan Saturday.  The attack happened in broad daylight in a remote area near the border of Pakistan.

Two Afghan police officers also died from the attack that began at dawn and lasted six hours, according to the U.S. Military.

Fort Carson is waiting for the Department of Defense to notify the next-of-kin before releasing any names.  The soldiers are members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team.  The military must wait 24 hours after that notification before releasing those names.

The Associated Press reports the Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack on the two remote outposts.  A NATO statement says the attacks came from surrounding mountains and a nearby mosque.

Saturday's gunbattle was the deadliest single assault against U.S. forces in Afghanistan in more than a year, and the deadliest single attack on Fort Carson soldiers.   In July 2008, nine American soldiers were killed in a raid on an outpost in Wanat in the same province.  In April 2009, five Fort Carson solders were killed outside of a police complex in Mosul, Iraq.

General Stanley McChrystal's plan is to move soldiers out of those remote locations and protect people in more populated areas.  McChrystal is the NATO commander in Afghanistan.

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