Deadly Afghan year takes toll on 101st Airborne

The Army

U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Brigade combat team of 101st Airborne Division look through scopes on their rifles during a patrol mission in the town of Youssifiyah, 12 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- The Army's 101st Airborne Division is seeing its worst casualties in a decade amid the U.S. surge in Afghanistan.

The division known as the Screaming Eagles has been a force in America's major conflicts since World War II.

It has lost 104 soldiers this year, representing about 1 in 5 American deaths in Afghanistan. That is close to a toll of 105 in Iraq during a 2005-2006 deployment that was its deadliest year in combat since Vietnam.

The 20,000-strong division from Fort Campbell has been fighting in two of Afghanistan's most violent regions, the south and the east. It began deploying in February under President Barack Obama's plan to oppose the Taliban by sending in more troops.

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