Three U.S. soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:37am EDT

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KABUL (Reuters) - Three U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan's eastern borderlands on Sunday, U.S. and NATO officials said, the first NATO combat deaths this month.

The soldiers, from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), were killed by insurgents in Paktia province, a U.S. official told Reuters.

The last NATO soldier to be killed in action was late last month.

Paktia is one of several provinces that border Pakistan and have endured some of the highest levels of fighting during the U.S.-led 12-year war in Afghanistan.

U.S. soldiers based in Paktia are rarely involved in combat operations since handing over security responsibility to Afghan security forces earlier this year. They now primarily train their Afghan colleagues.

The NATO-led mission has about 100,000 international troops in Afghanistan, of which about 68,000 are American. Those numbers are expected to reduce sharply before the official end of the NATO-led combat mission - December 31, 2014.

More than 2,100 U.S. soldiers have died during the war in Afghanistan.

(Reporting by Dylan Welch; Editing by Mike Collett-White and Robin Pomeroy)

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Comments (4)
sjfella wrote:
Bush and Obama should be required to attend the funerals and try to explain to the relatives why their sons are still being killed in vain.

Aug 11, 2013 9:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lowell_Thinks wrote:
SJfella, you need to scratch Bush off your list. He had a sworn duty to go after the terrorists. What you are witnessing now is Obama’s war, and he alone is responsible.

Aug 11, 2013 12:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CheckItOut wrote:
Now that Obama has left Afghanistan to the Taliban, you’d think he wouldn’t leave Americans around for Taliban target practice.

Aug 11, 2013 12:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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