2 US-led soldiers killed in E Afghanistan
Two foreign soldiers serving with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in the troubled eastern Afghanistan, the Western military alliance says.
The US-led military alliance said in a statement that the two servicemen died following an IED attack in the country's troubled east on Friday.
In line with the ISAF policy, the statement did not disclose the soldiers' nationality, nor did it provide further details on the exact whereabouts of the incident. Most of the troops stationed in the volatile region are Americans.
The latest deaths bring the number of US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year to at least 115. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for foreign military casualties with a death toll of 711.
According to the latest figures released by the website icasualties.org, 3,364 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led war began more than eleven 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.