Taliban-style bombing kills foreign soldier in Afghanistan

The death comes as Kabul is preparing for a major conference on Tuesday.

Kabul: A foreign soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Monday after a Taliban-style bomb attack, NATO said.

The death brings to 379 the number of foreign soldiers to die in the Afghan war so far this year, according to a tally by a private news agency.

NATO`s International Security Assistance Force did not give the soldier`s nationality but said the bombing took place in the south, where the Taliban-led insurgency is at its fiercest.

The death comes as Kabul and its international partners are preparing for a major conference on Tuesday, where President Hamid Karzai is expected to announce a deadline of 2014 for domestic forces to take over security.

NATO and the United States have 143,000 troops in Afghanistan, set to peak at 150,000 in coming weeks as they take a US-led counter-insurgency to the insurgents` southern strongholds in an effort to speed up an end to the war.

Bureau Report

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