Kabul: NATO warplanes pounded insurgent
strongholds near the Afghan capital, killing two dozen rebels,
the alliance said on Thursday, as a foreign soldier lost his life in
violence elsewhere in the country.
The soldier, whose nationality was not revealed, died in
a Taliban-style improvised bomb attack yesterday, NATO`s
International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.
The death brings to 437 the number of international
troops who have died in the Afghan war so far this year,
according to an agency tally based on that kept by the
independent website icasualties.org.
Many of those deaths have been caused by improvised
explosive devices (IEDs) which are the main weapon in the
Taliban`s arsenal, along with suicide bomb attacks and
ISAF said two dozen rebels were also killed, yesterday,
in air raids on their hideouts in the province of Logar, just
south of Kabul, which is marked by Taliban violence.
The raids were part of an operation launched in the
restive province to capture a Taliban commander, Qari Muir,
the multinational force said in a statement.
"During the operation, 12 Taliban insurgents, including
Muir, were killed," it said.
The rebel commander "formerly held several Taliban
positions including deputy shadow governor, military commander
and intelligence chief for Logar province," it added.