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Rising toll at U.S. military hospital in Afghanistan


EVAN VUCCI JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writers BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP)

The urgent call came in: Roadside bombs had ripped through two Humvees and wounded eight or nine U.S. soldiers. Medevac helicopters immediately hit the air to ferry the soldiers to the main U.S. military hospital. But when they arrived, they carried only five patients. The other four were dead. With 2009 expected to be the bloodiest year since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, medical personnel at Bagram's SSG Heath N. Craig Joint Theater Hospital say they've already seen an increase in casualties and expect m...

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