2 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan

UK soldiers take shelter from a controlled explosion of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in a village of Sayedebad District, Afghanistan™s Helmand Province. (File photo)

Two foreign soldiers serving with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been killed in a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan.

NATO confirmed on Monday that its service members were killed in an explosion on September 22, but did not announce the nationality of the victims.

The majority of troops stationed in the eastern parts of Afghanistan are American.

The latest deaths bring to 131 the number of foreign military casualties in Afghanistan so far this year.

A total of 3378 US-led soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, according to official figures released by the website icasualties.org.

In late April, the Taliban militant group announced the start of its annual offensive against the US-led and Afghan forces.

The militant group said it would use œevery possible tactic” – specifically insider attacks and bombings – to inflict casualties on Afghan and foreign forces.

The announcement prompted Afghan authorities to intensify security in major cities across the country, including the capital, Kabul.

The United States 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.


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