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5 NATO soldiers killed in S. Afghanistan

07-15-2010 10:16 BJT

KABUL, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Five soldiers with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack and a separate small-arms attack in southern Afghanistan Wednesday bringing the number of the alliance casualties to 12 since Tuesday, the military alliance said in a press release.

"Four ISAF service members died as a result of an IED strike in southern Afghanistan today," the press release added.

According to the press release the fifth ill-fated trooper was killed following a small-arms attack in the same region -- the Taliban stronghold southern Afghanistan.

However, the alliance did not disclose the nationalities of the victims by saying "It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities."

Seven more NATO soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The month June has already proved the deadliest month for NATO as 102 soldiers had been killed, since launching the war against Taliban and a-Qaida network nearly nine-years ago while in July so far 34 NATO soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.

More than 360 NATO soldiers with majority of them Americans have been killed in Taliban-linked insurgency since January this year in Afghanistan.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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