June proves deadly for NATO forces in Afghanistan as over 20 killed in first week

08:06, June 09, 2010      

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The month of June has proved deadly for the NATO-led troops in the militancy-plagued Afghanistan as more than 20 soldiers with the international force have been killed over the past one week.

Three service members of the alliance, according to the statements issued by the NATO force, lost their lives in Taliban- related activities on a single day on Tuesday, bringing the fatalities of the troops to 18 since weekend.

The latest casualty reported by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was losing a soldier in the troubled southern region where Taliban militants are active.

"An ISAF service member died as a result of small-arms fire in southern Afghanistan today," an ISAF statement said Tuesday.

Hours before, another ISAF statement confirmed losing two more soldiers in the volatile south where a tug-of-war has been continuing between Taliban insurgents and the multinational peacekeeping force over the past couple of years.

"Two ISAF service members died as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan today," the press release asserted.

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