NEW YORK - The number of US troops wounded in battle in Afghanistan in 2010 more than doubled from the previous year, The New York Times reported Saturday. The newspaper cited reports it obtained from the Pentagon that showed almost 5,500 soldiers were injured in 2010 in the NATO operations to oust Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents from Afghanistan. In 2009, 2,415 US soldiers were wounded in action, the report said. The years death toll for US troops was 430, the newspaper said. The wounded rate was almost six times higher than 2008, although data indicated advances in emergency care reduced the mortality rate to 7.9 per cent last year from 14.3 per cent in 2008, the Times said. More than 430 American service members died from hostile action in Afghanistan last year till December 21, according to the official data. Military officials said soldiers were better trained and equipped to deal with injuries. This is just basic techniques, said Lt Col Michael Wirt, brigade surgeon in the 101st Airborne Division. In all, fewer than 7.9 per cent of the Americans wounded in 2010 died, down from more than 11 per cent the previous year and 14.3 per cent in 2008, the report said. The fatality rate declined even though many more troops patrolled on foot, exposing the force to greater dangers than in years past. Several doctors said the improvements came not from a single breakthrough but through a series of lessons learned over nearly a decade of fighting two wars, such as placing medevac helicopters closer to the fighting and the more extensive use of tourniquets.