US-led soldier killed in S Afghanistan

A soldier serving with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan (file photo)

A foreign soldier serving with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the troubled southern Afghanistan, the Western military alliance says.

The US-led military coalition said in a statement that the serviceman died following an IED attack in the country’s troubled South on Monday.

In line with the ISAF policy, the statement did not disclose the soldier’s nationality, nor did it provide further details on the exact whereabouts of the incident.

The latest death bring the number of US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year to at least 119.

According to the latest figures released by the website icasualties.org, 3,368 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led war began more than eleven years ago.

This comes as there has been no letup in the Taliban attacks on US-led foreign troops across Afghanistan with US-led troops and Afghan forces falling prey to Taliban attacks on an almost daily basis.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual offensive against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.

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 Washingtonâ„¢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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Republished from: Press TV