Afghanistan

Four U.S. Marines Killed

Some harrowing reporting from McClatchy: Reporter Jonathan Landay was there for an ambush in Afghanistan on Tuesday that killed four U.S. marines—the most trainers to the Afghan military lost in a single incident since 2001. “Dashing from boulder to boulder, diving into trenches and ducking behind stone walls as the insurgents maneuvered to outflank us, we waited more than an hour for U.S. helicopters to arrive, despite earlier assurances that air cover would be five minutes away,” Landay writes. "We are pinned down. We are running low on ammo. We have no air. We've lost today," a major tells his Afghan counterpart. Eight Afghan troops and police and an interpreter also died in the conflict, while three Americans and 19 Afghans were wounded. The bodies of two insurgents were recovered, though more are believed to have been killed.