Thursday May 26, 201110:09 PM GMT
8 US-led soldiers killed in Afghan war
Thu May 26, 2011 5:18PM
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US-led soldiers in Afghanistan (file photo)
Eight soldiers with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been killed in the latest spate of violence against foreign troops in southern Afghanistan.

"Seven ISAF service members died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today," a Press TV correspondent reported, citing a brief statement released by the military contingent on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Pentagon has confirmed that all the seven service members were Americans.

In a separate incident, a US-led soldier died on Thursday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Paktika, some 155 kilometers (96 miles) southeast of the Afghan capital city of Kabul.

Taliban militants said they shot down the helicopter operated by the US military forces in Paktika province.

Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are by far the most lethal weapon Taliban militants have used against foreign troops, Afghan forces as well as civilians.

More than 190 foreign troops have been killed in war-ravaged Afghanistan so far this year.

Last year, nonetheless, remains the deadliest year for foreign military casualties with 711 reported fatalities. The number eclipsed the previous record of 521, set in 2009.

Hundreds of civilians have also been killed in US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months, with Afghans growing increasingly outraged over the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults.

Moreover, the growing death toll of Afghan civilians as a result of NATO and US military operations in the country has fueled tensions between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Western allies.

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