Flags, a cross, and artificial flowers with tags bearing names of some 200 soldiers killed in action fill a temporary memorial that has been in place for several months near an entrance to Fort Lewis, Wash. Eight American troops were killed in two separate bomb attacks Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, making October the deadliest month of the war for U.S. forces since the 2001 invasion to oust the Taliban. The deaths bring to 55 the total number of American troops killed in October in Afghanistan.


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