Friday Feb 28, 201411:14 PM GMT
IED blast kills US-led soldier in S Afghanistan

At least one foreign soldier serving with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in southern Afghanistan, the Western military alliance says.

ISAF said in a brief statement that the serviceman died following an IED attack in the country's troubled south on Friday.

Most of the troops stationed in the volatile region are Americans.

The militants’ use of IED home-made bombs has posed a major challenge for US-led troops and Afghan security forces through the years because they are difficult to detect.

Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops and civilians.

In February alone, five members of the US-led international coalition lost their lives in the war-torn country. Over 13 foreign soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the beginning of the year.

According to the latest figures released by the website icasualties.org, 3,425 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led war began more than twelve years ago.

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 US 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 the country is still gripped by insecurity.

JR/MHB/MAM

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