Breaking News

Sat Jun 9, 2012 6:43AM
Afghan soldiers walk past an American trooper outside of a military base in Panjwai, Kandahar Province south of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghan soldiers walk past an American trooper outside of a military base in Panjwai, Kandahar Province south of Kabul, Afghanistan.

A US-led soldier has been killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the volatile east of Afghanistan. The foreign trooper is the latest victim of the US-led war in the country, whose death brought the number of the killed soldiers to 189 this year. No further details about the nationality of the soldier or the exact location of the attack have yet been released. Roadside bombs and IEDs are by far the most lethal weapon the Taliban militants have used against Afghan forces and foreign troops in recent years. The spring offensive by the Taliban militant group has taken a heavy toll on US-led foreign troops. The growing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has intensified opposition in the United States and other NATO member states against the protracted war in the country. US-led troops have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001. Their initial offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign forces. AO/JR/AZ