Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 12:43

Kabul: Three US soldiers were killed in
attacks in southern Afghanistan, the military said today, with
security forces on alert for Taliban attacks during voting in
presidential and provincial elections.

The new deaths, all yesterday, added to a mounting death
toll for international troops in Afghanistan that has reached
50 so far this month, according to a toll maintained by the
independent group.

Two were killed in a small arms attack on a patrol in the
south, the International Security Assistance Force said in a
statement. The third was killed in a separate hostile attack,
it said.

The US military confirmed all were US nationals. It did
not say in which provinces the troops lost their lives.

There are about 62,000 US forces in Afghanistan, making
up the bulk of an international deployment from 42 countries.

The international troops were on alert for Thursday`s
election but were operating behind the scenes, leaving Afghan
forces to man the polling stations.

The Taliban, who were in government between 1996 and
2001, is leading an insurgency against the foreign troops and
Afghan government.

The militia has demanded Afghans boycott the elections
and has threatened to attack polling stations.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 12:43

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