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October 15, 2010

Four Nato soldiers perish in Afghanistan

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REUTERS
October 15, 2010

KABUL: Four Nato soldiers were killed in two separate bomb attacks in Afghanistan on Thursday, the alliance announced, bringing to 585 the total number of personnel killed so far this year.

The US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said three soldiers died in a single attack in western Afghanistan while the fourth trooper died in a bomb blast in the country’s east.

The force released no further details and does not disclose the nationalities of soldiers killed as a matter of policy. There are American, Spanish, Italian and Lithuanian troops based in Nato contingents in the west.

Thursday’s deaths brought to 585 the number of foreign soldiers killed this year, eclipsing the previous record of 521 in 2009. The AFP tally is based on a count by the independent website icasualties.org.

Bombs known as IEDs — improvised explosive devices — are the weapons of choice for the Taliban and others fighting the 152,000 foreign troops under US and Nato command now deployed in the country.

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