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Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:22PM
US-led soldiers in Afghanistan. (File photo)

US-led soldiers in Afghanistan. (File photo)

A US-led soldier serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in a militant attack in eastern Afghanistan. The Western military alliance has not released further details regarding the soldier’s nationality or the exact location of the incident. Violence has been on the rise in recent months despite the presence of thousands of US-led foreign forces in the war-torn country. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but years into the invasion, insecurity continue to rise across the country. According to the website, at least 343 US-led foreign soldiers, mostly American troops, have been killed 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 increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war. TNP/JR
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