September 12, 2009 10:00 PM

Deadly Afghan ambush shows perils of ill-supplied deployment

An ambush and nearly nine-hour battle in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan that left a sailor and three marines dead illustrated many of the toughest challenges U.S. forces face. Inadequate intelligence and a shortage of helicopters played major roles in the one of the deadliest days for U.S. trainers and Afghan troops.

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