August

U.S. strategy debated as Afghan war grows deadlier

When four U.S. troops were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan Aug. 25, it made 2009 the deadliest year for foreign troops there since the 2001 U.S. invasion.

Fighting rages in heart of Mogadishu

Somalia's civil war is intensifying as Islamist insurgents hit back at government attacks on rebel-held territory.