A NATO soldier has been killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan's east, The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Wednesday.
The ISAF, however, did not disclose the identity or nationality of the deceased in accordance with its policy of not disclosing details until the home country of the victims does so. Nevertheless, most ISAF troops stationed in eastern Afghanistan are Americans.
It is now estimated that more than 280 ISAF soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year, mostly in roadside bomb attacks using IEDs (improvised explosive devices).
Currently, there are over 130,000 foreign troops from more than 42 countries under the joint command of the NATO and the United States in Afghanistan to contain a resurgent Taliban in the war-torn country.
The U.S. and other allied nations involved in the Afghan mission are currently making serious efforts to get the Afghan security forces ready and capable of handling the country's security before the planned withdrawal of coalition troops by the end of 2014.
However, there are wide concerns about the ability of Afghan security forces to counter Taliban insurgency without the same level of foreign military assistance and presence.
by RTT Staff Writer
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