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Five US soldiers killed in Afghanistan attacks – June worst month for casualties since 2001

Five US soldiers have been killed in separate incidents of violence in Afghanistan, Nato has said.

Three died in east Afghanistan and two were killed in separate roadside bombings in the south.

More than 350 Nato soldiers have been killed this year.

In other violence, gunmen killed 11 Pakistani Shia tribesmen in the east and one person was killed by a motorbike bomb in Kandahar.

Also on Saturday, hundreds of Afghans took to the streets of the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif in protest at increasing civilian deaths.

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New Threat to U.S. Troops: Toxic Sand

U.S. troops already face plenty of threats in Afghanistan: AK-47–wielding insurgents, improvised bombs, an intransigent and incompetent government. Now add a less familiar challenge to that list of woes: Afghanistan’s toxic sand.

The pulverized turf, it turns out, contains high levels of manganese, silicon, iron, magnesium, aluminum, chromium and other metals that act as neurotoxic agents when ingested.

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