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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Reporter Tells Of Deadly Toll On Marines in ‘Fathomless’ Afghanistan

A Marine carry team lifts a transfer case containing the remains of Cpl. Paul J. Miller at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Miller, of Traverse City, Mich., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP)

The war in Afghanistan may be off the radar here, but it’s taking a terrible toll on American Marines leading the offensive in Helmand Province. So far this year, at least 15 American troops have been killed there, after 499 were killed last year, the deadliest year of the now ten-year war.

The loss of limbs is so common, that the Marines regularly use terms like “amps,” “double amps” and “triple amps” to describe the conditions of their wounded comrades.

New York Times reporter Michael Kamber has been on patrol with some Marines and joins us from Kandahar to talk about what he’s seen.

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