A US-led soldier with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in southern Afghanistan by men wearing Afghan National Army uniforms. Although ISAF confirmed the soldier’s death, the exact location of the incident is still not clear.
Earlier on Tuesday, a French soldier and 10 Taliban militants were killed in a militant attack in the northeastern Kapisa Province, while two more US-led soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan.Another soldier was killed in the country’s east. At least eight people were killed and five others were wounded after a Taliban bomb hit a minibus on the western outskirts of the Afghan capital, Kabul. Also, a truck bombing ripped through a US base in the country’s eastern Logar Province. Four civilians, members of a family in Afghanistan's southwestern Nimruz Province, were also killed in a mid night attack by foreign forces.
According to the website icasualties.org, at least 276 foreign troops, mostly US personnel, have lost their lives in Afghanistan so far this year.A total of 566 US-led forces died in Afghanistan in 2011. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for foreign military casualties, with a death toll of 711. 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. SZH/JR