US death in Afghanistan makes 2008 deadliest year

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An insurgent attack on a compound in eastern Afghanistan killed a U.S. soldier, bringing the year's death toll to 112 and making 2008 the deadliest for American forces in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.

The NATO-led force said the soldier was killed Thursday in eastern Afghanistan "when insurgents attacked a compound." It provided no other details. A Western military official said the soldier was American.

Taliban attacks this year have turned more brazen, sophisticated and powerful.

Thursday's death brings to 112 the number of troops killed this year, surpassing last year's record death toll of 111.

Some 33,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Afghanistan, the highest level since 2001.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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