Foreign soldiers, Afghan civilians dead in attacks: NATO
Three foreign soldiers fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan were killed in separate attacks on Saturday, NATO said, while a woman and two children died in an operation against al Qaeda-linked insurgents.
Kabul: Three foreign soldiers fighting the
Taliban in Afghanistan were killed in separate attacks on Saturday,
NATO said, while a woman and two children died in an operation
against al Qaeda-linked insurgents.
NATO also reported the death of one of its soldiers
yesterday, bringing to 447 the number to die in the Afghan war
so far this year, according to a news agency tally based on that kept
by the icasualties.org website.
The identities of the dead soldiers were not revealed, in
accordance with NATO policy.
Statements from the alliance said three of the soldiers
died in separate insurgent attacks in southern Afghanistan,
where the Taliban-led insurgency is concentrated. One died
yesterday, the two others today, it said.
Another died yesterday, a separate statement said,
following a Taliban-style bomb attack.
ISAF said in a separate statement that a civilian woman
and two children were "accidentally killed" yesterday in an
operation in western Farah province, another insurgency
Afghan and coalition forces were pursuing a "Taliban
foreign fighter facilitator... known to traffic foreign
fighters and weapons from Iran and associate with senior
Taliban and al Qaeda leadership", it said.
"During the operation, six insurgents were killed and
several suspected insurgents were detained.
"Also during the operation, a civilian woman and two
children were accidentally killed when a coalition force air
weapons team engaged the insurgents," it said.
Civilian casualties are a sensitive issue in Afghanistan,
often blamed on the presence of foreign forces, now numbering
141,000 from NATO and the United States and set to peak within
weeks at 150,000.
The United Nations reported this month that 1,271
civilians died in violence between January and June this year,
with the Taliban responsible for 76 per cent of the deaths.
The Taliban largely deploys makeshift bombs, known as
improvised explosive devices or IEDs, which kill and maim
indiscriminately. Suicide bomb attacks and targeted
assassinations are the other mainstays of the insurgent
In a separate statement ISAF said that five civilians
were killed in northern Afghanistan when an IED detonated
yesterday. Two others were injured, it said.