Three US-led troops killed in Afghan war

The Taliban have killed at least three foreign soldiers as militants intensify their violent campaign against the US-led forces in the war-ravaged country.

Taliban militants claim to have killed three French soldiers in the country’s volatile east.

A Taliban spokesman said the killings took place in an Afghan-French military base in Kabul Province on Friday afternoon. He claimed that a militant, recruited among Afghan forces months ago, conducted the operation.

The Taliban spokesman also claimed that the militant managed to escape after killing the French soldiers.

Foreign forces have not yet commented on the incident.

France currently has about 3,750 troops in Afghanistan.

Nearly 60 French soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since France joined the US-led operation in the country nine years ago.

The developments also come at a time when the US-led war in Afghanistan seems to be at a crucial stage with militants believed to be gaining ground.

The 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan was launched with the official objective of curbing militancy and bringing peace and stability to the country.

Nine years on, however, American and Afghan officials admit that the country remains unstable as civilians continue to pay the heaviest price.

The security situation remains fragile in Afghanistan despite the presence of 150,000 US-led foreign forces in the country.

According to official figures, more than 2,307 US-led soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan so far.

The increasing number of troop casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the continuation of the Afghan war.