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Blast kills 2 US-led soldiers in south Afghanistan
US troops carry the coffin of a US soldier killed in Afghanistan (file photo)
US troops carry the coffin of a US soldier killed in Afghanistan (file photo)
Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:12PM
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At least two US-led soldiers serving with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces have been killed in a blast in southern Afghanistan.


The explosion took place on Sunday in the southern part of the war-ravaged country, pushing to four the number of US-led foreign troops killed over the past 24 hours.

In eastern Afghanistan, two US-led troops, enlisted by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), were killed in bomb blast on Sunday.

“Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in eastern Afghanistan today,” the ISAF said in a statement.

The brief statement did not disclose the nationalities of the victims or the exact location of the attacks. However, the US-led troopers, deployed in southern Afghanistan, are mainly from the US, Britain, and Australia.

According to independent website icasualties.org, at least 251 US-led forces, most of them Americans, have died in Afghanistan so far this year.

Insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of about 130,000 US-led forces in the country.

The high number of military casualties in Afghanistan has intensified opposition in the United States and other members of the Western military alliance of NATO against the protracted war in the country.

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