Seven US-led troops killed in Afghan war
US-led soldiers in Afghanistan (File Photo)
NATO has confirmed the deaths of seven more US-led foreign troops in Afghanistan as foreign forces continue to experience some of their deadliest days in the war-torn country. The Western military alliance says six American soldiers were killed in a militant attack in southern Afghanistan on Thursday.
Separately, another soldier died in a homemade bomb attack in the east of the country. No further details have been released about the incidents. The deaths bring to at least 391, the number of US-led foreign troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year.
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According to official figures, more than 2,672 US-led soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the invasion of the country in 2001. NATO has admitted that the power of militants in Afghanistan is on the rise despite the presence of about 150,000 US-led troops in the war-hit country.
The rising number of foreign casualties has stoked opposition to the Afghan war in NATO member states as well as in other countries that have contributed troops to the mission.
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6 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan
A bomb attack has killed at least six foreign soldiers with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in volatile southern Afghanistan. ISAF said in a statement that the soldiers were killed in the war-torn country on Thursday following the explosion of a roadside bomb.
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The statement did not reveal the nationalities of the soldiers or the exact location of the deaths. The latest bomb blast is the deadliest single attack on foreign forces since Saturday when the Taliban militants shot down an American helicopter.
The incident, that left 31 US Navy SEALs dead, was the worst single-day loss of life among NATO troops since the beginning of the war in 2001. At least 388 US-led soldiers, most of them Americans, have died in Afghanistan so far this year.
According to official figures, more than 2,669 US-led soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001. The security situation remains fragile in Afghanistan despite the presence of about 150,000 US-led foreign forces.
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The increasing number of troop casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.
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