NATO released on Friday the first

NATO released the first details on an insurgent attack that killed five US soldiers over the weekend.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 19:57 PM IST

Kabul: NATO released on Friday the first
details on an insurgent attack that killed five US soldiers
over the weekend, saying the Americans were trying to rout
militants from a volatile valley in eastern Kunar province
when they came under fire.

The area along Afghanistan`s eastern border with
Pakistan has continued to see heavy fighting as NATO focuses
most of its efforts on a troop surge in the south aimed at
breaking Taliban strongholds there.

Also today, NATO announced two more deaths in the
south - one from a bomb explosion and the other in an
insurgent attack. The military alliance said both soldiers
died yesterday but did not provide details or disclose their
nationalities.

Thirty-nine NATO service members have been killed so
far this month in Afghanistan, including at least 33
Americans.

The five American soldiers who died Sunday were
"conducting clearing operations" when they came under fire in
Watapur valley, said Master Sgt. Brian Sipp, a spokesman for
the international military alliance.

Sipp did not say how many troops were involved in the
fight, nor provide an estimate of the number of attackers. The
fighting started around 2 pm and lasted at least six hours, he
said, with the wounded and the killed not being evacuated
until late that evening.

Also today, NATO announced two more deaths in the
south - one from a bomb explosion and the other in an
insurgent attack. The military alliance said both soldiers
died yesterday but did not provide details or disclose their
nationalities.

Thirty-nine NATO service members have been killed so
far this month in Afghanistan, including at least 33
Americans.

The five American soldiers who died Sunday were
"conducting clearing operations" when they came under fire in
Watapur valley, said Master Sgt. Brian Sipp, a spokesman for
the international military alliance.

Sipp did not say how many troops were involved in the
fight, nor provide an estimate of the number of attackers. The
fighting started around 2 pm and lasted at least six hours, he
said, with the wounded and the killed not being evacuated
until late that evening.

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