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Foreign troop death toll in Afghanistan hits 230

world Updated: Jun 05, 2010 11:40 IST

A NATO soldier has been killed in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Saturday, taking the number of foreign troops killed in the country this year to 230.

The soldier, a member of NATO's US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), was killed by small-arms fire, according to a NATO statement, which did not disclose any further details.

It was the second death Friday of an ISAF soldier in the militant-infested south, where international forces are fighting an increasingly deadly insurgency led by the Taliban.

According to an AFP tally, based on one kept by the independent website icasualties.org, 230 foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year. Last year was the deadliest yet, with 520 killed.

Around two-thirds of this year's casualties -- 143, according to icasualties -- are American. US forces make up the bulk of the 130,000 foreign troops based in Afghanistan, with the total deployment expected to reach 150,000.