'Foreign troop toll in Afghanistan hits 334'
The number of international troops to die in the Afghan war so far this year hit 334 with the announcement today of three more deaths in the volatile south of the country.world Updated: Jul 06, 2010 11:33 IST
The number of international troops to die in the Afghan war so far this year hit 334 with the announcement on Tuesday of three more deaths in the volatile south of the country.
All three soldiers died Monday in bomb attacks, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said, referring to improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, which are the Taliban's main weapon in the ongoing war.
The nationalities of the soldiers were not given, according to policy.
An AFP tally based on that kept by the icasualties.org website puts the death toll for foreign soldiers in 2010 at 334, compared to 520 for all of 2009.
Military commanders -- including US General David Petraeus, who took command of foreign forces in Afghanistan on Sunday -- have warned the summer months would see intensified fighting and a consequential spike in casualties.
June's death toll of 102 was a monthly record for the war.
Petraeus commands 140,000 US and NATO troops, with another 10,000 deploying in coming weeks to push forward the counter-insurgency strategy, focusing on the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, where fighting is fiercest.