US-led soldier killed in south Afghanistan

A soldier serving with the NATO-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 in a militant attack in the troubled southern Afghanistan, Press TV reports.

The incident took place on Saturday. Additional information, including the identity of the soldier and the exact location of the assault, was not immediately available.

According to official figures released by the website icasualties.org, 23 US-led troops have lost their lives in war-battered Afghanistan in June. Most of the foreign service members died as a result of militant attacks and roadside bombs.

The website added that the overall number of ISAF soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan stands at 91, out of which 69 are American.

A total of 402 US-led soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2012. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for US-led military casualties, with a death toll of 711.

Attacks on foreign troops are expected to rise as Taliban militants have announced the beginning of their spring offensive across Afghanistan.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider attacks, and bomb attacks.

The announcement has prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan 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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This article originally appeared on: Press TV