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Slain diplomat’s remains arrive back in U.S.

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    Anne Smedinghoff is seen in an undated photo provided by Tom Smedinghoff. Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was killed Saturday in southern Afghanistan, the first American diplomat to die on the job since last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic installation in Benghazi, Libya.
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DOVER, Del. » The remains of a young American diplomat killed in a terrorist attack in southern Afghanistan have arrived back in the United States.

The State Department says Anne Smedinghoff’s remains arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Monday afternoon for an official ceremony.

The department said earlier that Smedinghoff’s family had asked that Monday’s ceremony be private. The family was expected to attend along with Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, Ambassador David Pearce and other officials.

The 25-year-old suburban Chicago woman was one of five Americans killed Saturday in a suicide car bombing as they delivered textbooks to school children. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Smedinghoff grew up in River Forest, Ill.

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