2 More Troops Killed In Afghanistan

Two more U.S. troops are killed in shootings related to Quran burnings on an American base, bringing the death toll to six.


Riots have died down in Afghanistan more than a week after the revelation that copies of the Quran were burned at an American base, but the death toll among Americans continues to rise.

Two U.S. troops were killed Thursday by assailants believed to be Afghan soldiers, bringing the number of troops killed to six. At least 15 have been wounded. The death toll among Afghans after days of protesting is much higher.

The latest victims were shot exactly one week after the first U.S. soldiers were killed; Army Sgt. Joshua Born, 25, and Cpl. Timothy Conrad, 22, were shot during a protest on Feb. 23.

A U.S. lieutenant colonel and major were found in dead two days later, both shot in the back of the head. The bodies were discovered in an office inside the heavily-fortified Interior Ministry, leading Afghan officials to believe the killer was an employee of the ministry. Afghan police are still searching for the suspect.

The U.S. maintains that the Quran incident, though a setback in their mission, will not undo progress made in the last 10 years.

"A decade's worth of relationships doesn't go away in a single week," U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, told CBS News.

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  • by psst on Mar 1, 2012 at 05:44 PM
    What I want to know is when is that Afghan president going to apologize for the deaths of our soldiers who were murdered by an Afghan citizen? Tired of apologizing to hypocrites!
  • by AJ Location: COS on Mar 1, 2012 at 04:27 PM
    America will always be at war and that includes being at war with its own citizens.
  • by Jess on Mar 1, 2012 at 07:55 AM
    Every time I see one of these headlines my heart starts pounding. I'm afraid that one of these days the dead soldier will be my daughter's father. My prayers are with the officer's families...
  • by Disgusted on Mar 1, 2012 at 07:48 AM
    I am sickened that we apologized to them! Not that it even matters, but I bet most of the country doesn't know why we burned it in the first place. The prisoners were writing in it passing messages back and forth WHICH DEFACES IT TO BEGIN WITH, and it says that the only way to make it whole again IS TO BURN IT! You are right, we should have just let the prisoners keep passing messages back and forth.
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      by Jess on Mar 1, 2012 at 07:59 AM in reply to Disgusted
      The media doesn't want that particular part brought to public attention. That might make our dear old President look like a fool for apologizing or something. It was fully justifiable. It's ridiculous that protesters can burn our flag and the Bible and it's just fine, their right, blah blah blah. But, if we burn an Muslim holy book (that has already been desecrated and misused) it's desecration and we have to prostrate ourselves and beg for forgiveness.
  • by john Location: west side on Mar 1, 2012 at 06:27 AM
    burn their whole stinking country to a smoking ash, we don't need it (they have no oil)
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