NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan
(AFGHANISTAN) 17 June 2010 - A homemade bomb killed a NATO soldier in the south of Afghanistan, the alliance announced Thursday, the third death in one day as the toll for foreign forces in the country continues to mount.
The solider, whose nationality has not been released, was killed on Wednesday by an improvised explosive device (IED), the weapon of choice for Taliban insurgents hoping to drive the US and its allies from the country. NATO, which along with the US has 142,000 troops in Afghanistan supporting Hamid Karzai's administration, had already announced the deaths of two soldiers on Wednesday, also killed by an IED.
The three fatalities take to 269 the total number of foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year, according to an AFP tally, based on figures kept by the independent icasualties.org website. Last week NATO forces suffered their bloodiest spate of the year as 30 soldiers were killed, including four Americans when the Taliban shot down a helicopter in southern Helmand province. The rising death toll is unwelcome news for Washington and its allies, whose electorates are increasingly frustrated by casualties in a seemingly endless and far away war. US president Barack Obama has ordered a surge of troops into the country that will see numbers peak at 150,000 this year, before an intended drawdown in 2011.
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