U.S. Medics Brave Fire to Save Lives in Afghan War

Worsening hostilities on the ground mean more medevac flights to ferry the wounded.

Monday, May 30, 2011

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Afghanistan (AP) - With the spring fighting season under way in Helmand province in Afghanistan's volatile south, the medics, crew chiefs and pilots with the U.S. Army's "Dustoff" medevac unit expect a rising number of casualties. Coalition troops are seeing stepped-up attacks, the use of complex weapons systems like multiple-grenade launchers and the continuing plague of improvised explosive devices on the battlefield.

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