NATO soldiers' death toll in Afghanistan soars to 10 since beginning of 2011

08:35, January 10, 2011      

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By Abdul Haleem, Zhang Jianhua

Taliban-linked activities claimed the life of another NATO soldier on Sunday, bringing the alliance fatalities to 10 since the beginning of this year, said a statement released here by the alliance force.

"An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today," the ISAF statement admitted on Sunday.

This is the second fatality the military alliance suffered over the past two days.

However, it did not identify the nationality of the victim, saying it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedure to the relevant national authorities.

By Saturday, according to iCasualties, a website tracking NATO- led forces casualties in war on terror, nine soldiers of the alliance including six Americans, one Briton and two from other nations, had been killed in Afghanistan.

Troops mostly from the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia have been stationed in south Afghanistan to ensure security there.

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