Two U.S. Soldiers Killed by Afghan Militants

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One Soldier and one Marine were killed in separate militant attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan (search), just over a week after the country held landmark elections, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

One U.S. soldier died during a "ground assault operation" by Afghan and U.S. forces west of the southern city of Kandahar (search) on Monday, when militants fired rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire at their vehicles, the military said in a statement.

Another U.S. soldier was wounded. The coalition forces returned fire, killing two militants and wounding a third.

Also on Monday, a U.S. forward operating base near the eastern city of Asadabad (search) came under mortar, rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire, the statement said. One U.S. Marine was killed.