Monday was the deadliest day so far in 2010 for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. According to the Los Angeles Times, five American soldiers died in a bombing in the east and two in the country’s southern region. –KA

Los Angeles Times:

According to the website icasualties.org, which keeps track of U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization troop deaths in Afghanistan, 245 international troops have been killed in the country this year, 153 of them American. Last year, 520 international troops were killed in Afghanistan; 316 were Americans.

Also on Monday, an American contractor was killed in a suicide bomb attack on a police training center in Kandahar, where U.S. troops are planning a major offensive this summer to uproot Taliban insurgents from their longtime stronghold.

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