3 ISAF personnel killed in eastern Afghanistan

December 4th, 2011 - 12:11 am ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, Dec 3 (IANS) Three NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members were killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan Saturday, reported Xihua, citing an ISAF press release.

The three ISAF service members died “following an improvised explosive device attack (IED) in eastern Afghanistan” on Saturday, said the news release, adding “It is the ISAF’s policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.”

The Afghan Taliban has launched massive IED attacks against ISAF and Afghan national security forces in recent years. So far, comments from the Taliban are not available, but the Afghan Taliban in its website claims they have killed at least nine ISAF soldiers and destroyed some tanks around the country Saturday.

The fatalities of NATO-led forces this year, according to iCasualties, have been registered at 542 so far, and around half of them were killed in IED attacks.

Forty-nine countries are contributing some 130,000-strong forces in Afghanistan with some 100,000 of them Americans mainly stationed in the east and south, and of the American soldiers, 402 were killed since the beginning of this year, according to iCasualties.

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