America prays for soldiers killed in Afghanistan

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In communities across the United States family and friends have attended church services to pay tribute to 30 US soldiers and eight Afghans killed in a Chinook helicopter crash on Friday.

Technical sergeant John Brown was one those who died in the incident. His mother said she was very proud of him.

Aaron Vaughn was a member the special forces. He left behind a wife and two young children. His grandmother spoke of both her sadness and her pride.

Nato is continuing to investigate the credibility of a Taliban claim that they brought down the helicopter with a rocket propelled grenade, about 80 km south west of the capital Kabul.

But the increased number of military deaths is being surpassed by record civilian casualties. They continue to pay the highest price in the conflict.

On Monday hundreds of people protested on the streets in central Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.

“Three weeks ago in the same district an air strike killed two children,” said one man.

United Nations figures show that nearly 1,500 civilians died in conflict-related incidents in the first half of 2011. That makes it the deadliest period for civilians since the Taliban were toppled in 2001.