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1 NATO soldier killed in IED blast in S. Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 18:54

A NATO soldier was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in restive southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, bringing to four the number of casualties of military alliance in the country since Monday morning, Xinhua reported.

"An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan today," said a statement issued by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) here on Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, the multi-national ISAF also confirmed losing two soldiers in two separate insurgent attacks in the country's volatile eastern provinces on Monday.

Another ISAF service member was killed in an IED attack also in southern Afghanistan on Monday.

The NATO-led ISAF generally does not disclose the identity of the casualties, saying "It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities."

Troops mainly from the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia have been stationed in the southern region within the framework of ISAF to fight Taliban militants there while U.S. forces mostly have been stationed in the eastern part of the insurgency-hit country.

Over 250 NATO soldiers, most of them Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan since beginning this year.

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