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PublishDate: Sunday, July 12, 200918:09

Four NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan violence

(AFP)_The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the troopers were killed "as a result of improvised explosive device strikes from insurgents" on Saturday.
Separately, a US Force Afghanistan spokeswoman said the four were US nationals.
Another soldier died of wounds received in combat in Afghanistan last month, ISAF added.
"Four ISAF service members killed after insurgent attacks in southern Afghanistan, one succumbs to wounds suffered last June," the force said in a statement.
It did not give further details, including the confirming the nationality of the casualties or the exact locations of the incidents.
The casualties follow the deaths on Thursday and Friday of eight British soldiers also deployed under NATO ISAF -- the deadliest 24-hour period for the British forces in decades.
There are about 90,000 international troops, mainly US, British and Canadian, deployed in Afghanistan to help Kabul defeat an insurgency being waged by the remnants of the Taliban who were in power between 1996 and 2001.
Despite the presence of the international forces the Taliban have since managed to regroup in the form of an insurgency trying to topple the Western-backed government in Kabul.
The Taliban have gained pace every year, making the 2009 the deadliest for the mainly Western international force.
According to the independent www.icasualties-org website, which tracks military casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, around 192 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan this year without counting the latest deaths.

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