Skip to comments.Eight US-led soldiers die in Afghan war: Military
Posted on 06/19/2011 6:38:55 AM PDT by Cardhu
KABUL Eight foreign soldiers died in one day in Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, including four in a single incident believed to have been a vehicle accident.
The four died Saturday of "non-battle related injuries" in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.
That incident, in a region containing many of Afghanistan's bloodiest battlegrounds, came on a day when ISAF said four other foreign soldiers also died in separate insurgent attacks -- three in the south and one in the east.
In line with policy, ISAF did not give further details of what happened in any of the incidents, or the nationalities of the troops who died.
There are 130,000 international forces in Afghanistan, of which 90,000 are from the United States.
A total of 256 international troops have now died in Afghanistan this year, according to an AFP tally based on that kept by the independent iCasualties.org website. The total for the whole of 2010 was 711.
Separately, three Afghan civilians were killed Sunday and 11 wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted a passing foreign forces convoy in the northern city of Kunduz, the Afghan interior ministry said.
It added that there were no foreign force casualties.
Germany has a significant force presence in Kunduz, part of the northern region which has seen escalating violence in recent months.
Two German soldiers were killed last month in an attack which killed the regional police chief.
The commander of NATO forces for northern Afghanistan, German General Markus Kneip, survived the attack with slight injuries.
Southern Afghanistan, where most of Saturday's deaths happened, is where much of the fiercest fighting in the near decade-long war takes place and is the focus of coalition military efforts, particularly the restive provinces of Helmand and Kandahar.
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This is no accident, as far as I am concerned. "...In line with policy, ISAF did not give further details of what happened in any of the incidents, or the nationalities of the troops who died..."
ISAF policy, huh? I wonder "who" makes that policy.
What does foreign mean? Can it mean American? My son is there.
I didn’t make that last post from the perspective of the ghoulish leftists, who wish the death toll would rise to inflict political damage.
I just feel that we should know, and this strikes me as something that stinks.
I will keep your son in my prayers. This type of thing infuriates me. From reading it, I think the answer could be yes, it could mean Americans, but not necessarily.
One of them is definitely a French paratrooper, wounded when his patrol was ambushed in Bedraou valley this Sunday and who later died in the hospital.
Thank your for that information.
Thank you. It is hard to be in the dark.
I hope it can add a little comfort to Wage Slave, if he hasn’t been able to get in touch with his son yet. French and British troops have been particularly hit in the past few weeks, so I suppose that’s what the article meant by US-led. It’s not much in terms of comfort I know, but in such situations people take whatever they can get if that means their loved ones are safe.
A total of 256 international troops have now died in Afghanistan this year...