One U.S. soldier killed in W Afghanistan

08:10, June 10, 2011      

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A United States soldier was killed in an operation in western Afghanistan, said a press release issued by U.S. military in Kabul on Thursday.

"One United States Forces-Afghanistan service member was killed on June 7 in western Afghanistan during an operation," said the press release.

However, the brief press release did not disclose the identity and position of the dead, saying it is U.S. forces-Afghanistan policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the Department of Defense.

Despite the presence of over 140,000 NATO-led troops, with nearly 100,000 of them Americans, the Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant over the past couple of years.

The Taliban outfit announced on April 30 the spring offensive against Afghan and NATO-led forces stationed in the country.

A total of 236 NATO soldiers, with some 168 of them Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.

Source: Xinhua
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