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Thu Sep 5, 2013 10:1PM
A US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier in Afghanistan (file photo)

A US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier in Afghanistan (file photo)

At least one US-led soldier deployed by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in an attack by militants in eastern Afghanistan. The Western military alliance has confirmed the attack. However, ISAF has not disclosed the nationality of the dead soldier and the exact location of the incident. According to official figures released by the website, 13 US-led troops have lost their lives in war-battered Afghanistan in August. Most of the foreign service members have died as a result of militant attacks and roadside bombs. The website added that the overall number of ISAF soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan stands at 122, out of which 96 are American. A total of 402 US-led soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2012. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for US-led 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. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops. Meanwhile, at least 12 people were killed in an air strike by US-led forces in the eastern province of Logar on Thursday. Local officials say nearly fifty people have been killed in Logar, Wardak, and Ghazni provinces over the past 24 hours. MAM/HN
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