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Gates inspects new armored trucks for Afghan war

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Posted: Nov 12, 2009 1:37 PM

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says armored transport trucks that protect soldiers from roadside bombs are worth every dime spent on them.

Gates visited in Oshkosh, Wis., on Thursday to see the newest versions of the vehicles, specially designed for Afghanistan.

The trucks weigh 25,000 pounds _ and they're lighter and more nimble than the version developed for Iraq.

Gates says he's making a new push to find ways to counter the bomb threat, which now accounts for 80 percent of casualties in the war zone.

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) _ Defense Secretary Robert Gates says armored transport trucks that protect soldiers from roadside bombs are worth every dime spent on them.

Gates visited in Oshkosh, Wis., on Thursday to see the newest versions of the vehicles, specially designed for Afghanistan.

The trucks are 2,500 pounds lighter and more nimble than the version developed for Iraq.

Gates says he's making a new push to find ways to counter the bomb threat, which now accounts for 80 percent of casualties in the war zone.

(This version CORRECTS the weight of the truck.)