Two coalition troops killed in Afghan violence

November 7th, 2010 - 2:53 pm ICT by BNO News  

KABUL (BNO NEWS) — Two coalition service members were killed in eastern and southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday.

ISAF said the service members were killed in two separate insurgent attacks, one in eastern Afghanistan and another in southern Afghanistan.

The nationalities of the fallen service members was not immediately released. “It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities,” the alliance said in a press statement.

Coalition casualties in Afghanistan have been rising sharply this year, with around 90 fatalities in July alone, making it the deadliest month for U.S. forces since the war began on October 7, 2001 in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

On September 11, 2001, two hijacked airliners crashed into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Another airliner crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., while a fourth crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) eventually declared that the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people from scores of countries, was considered an attack on all NATO nations. The NATO-backed war aims to defeat the Taliban and other insurgent groups in the country.

So far this year, more than 600 coalition service members have been killed in action. Most of them were American and died in Afghanistan’s war-torn southern region. In 2009, the total death toll stood at 521.

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