8 NATO soldiers, 2 Afghan troopers killed during clash with insurgents in Afghanistan

13:12, October 04, 2009      

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Eight soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and two service members with Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) were killed during battle against insurgents in eastern Afghan province of Nuristan, said a statement of the alliance issued here on Sunday.

"Nuristani tribal militia launched the attacks on two joint outposts of ISAF and ANSF Saturday morning from a local mosque and nearby village and the joint forces effectively repelled the attack and inflicted heavy enemy casualties," the statement said.

However, "eight ISAF and two ANSF service members were killed during the firefight," it added.

It said, "the sources of the conflict in the area involve complex tribal, religious and economic dynamics and the U.S.-led Coalition forces will continue to assist in matching local resources with ANSF to bolster security and partner with local communities on development assistance if requested."

International troops, mostly from the United States, have been stationed in the tribal eastern Afghanistan combating Taliban-led insurgency there.

Conflicts and violence have claimed over 387 international troops, including 229 from the United States, so far this year in the post-Taliban country.

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