US soldier deaths in Afghanistan top 300 this year
Kabul: A roadside bomb attack killed another US soldier in Afghanistan, the military said on Sunday, bringing to more than 300 the number of American troops killed in the country so far this year.
An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in eastern Afghanistan, killing the soldier serving in the NATO-run International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Saturday, said the military.
Eastern and southern Afghanistan are the deadliest battlefields for 113,000 US and NATO troops fighting against a Taliban insurgency, now inflicting record fatalities since US-led troops overthrew the Taliban government in 2001.
The latest death pushed to 301 the number of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan so far this year, according to a running tally by the icasualties.org website. This compares to 295 foreign deaths for all of 2008.
US President Barack Obama has ordered 30,000 extra US troops to Afghanistan over the coming months in a bid to bring a quick end to the war that is increasingly unpopular at home.
NATO allies have also pledged at least another 7,000 troops to back the new US-led drive against the Taliban and al Qaeda, which will boost overall foreign troop numbers to more than 150,000.
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