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Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan kill 5 more NATO troops

2011-09-10 07:06:57 GMT+7 (ICT)

KABUL (BNO NEWS) -- Five coalition service members were killed as a result of three separate attacks in eastern and southern Afghanistan on Friday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

The deadliest incident happened in eastern Afghanistan, where an insurgent attack resulted in the deaths of three ISAF service members. An improvised explosive device (IED) attack and a separate insurgent attack, both in Afghanistan's south, left two more ISAF troops dead.

As usual, the multinational force gave no other details about the incidents, including the exact locations and the nationalities of the service members involved. "It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities," a brief statement said.

Coalition casualties in Afghanistan have been rising sharply in recent years, with a total coalition death toll of 709 in 2010, making it the deadliest year for international troops since the war began in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

There are currently more than 130,000 ISAF troops in Afghanistan, including some 90,000 U.S. troops and more than 9,500 British soldiers. U.S. President Barack Obama previously ordered a drawdown of 10,000 American troops later this year, with another 23,000 U.S. troops to return home next year.

So far this year, at least 429 coalition service members have been killed in Afghanistan. Most troops are American and are killed in the country's south, which is plagued by IED attacks on troops and civilians. The deadliest incident happened last month when a U.S. helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 U.S. troops, seven Afghan troops and an Afghan interpreter.

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