Three US-led troops killed in Afghan war
Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:22AM
US-led foreign soldiers in Afghanistan (file photo)
Three US-led foreign troops have been killed in different incidents of violence in eastern and southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says.
The ISAF said in a statement on Friday that one foreign soldier was killed in a militant attack in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, Xinhua reported.
Two more foreign troops were killed in improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in eastern and southern Afghanistan, ISAF said in two other separate statements.
The US-led coalition did not provide further information about the identities of the victims and the location of the assaults.
At least 478 foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan in 2011, according to iCasualities.org.
In another incident of violence, six Afghan police officers and a local tribal elder lost their lives after a roadside bomb, Taliban's weapon of choice, went off in the southern province of Kandahar on Wednesday.
A United Nations report said on September 28 that Afghanistan saw a near 40-percent rise in the number of security incidents compared with the same period in 2010.
However, NATO has disputed the UN figures, saying security incidents decreased two percent in the first eight months of 2011.
A recent report released by the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent policy research organization, indicates that NATO may be exaggerating the success of its operations in Afghanistan to show the ten-year US-led campaign in the war-torn country has been successful.
The report shows that the data released by NATO about the raids designed to kill or capture alleged militant leaders between December 2009 and September 2011 lack transparency.