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Afghan violence: Three Isaf soldiers killed in attack

  • 23 July 2013
  • From the section Asia
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Three members of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force have been killed in a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan, the force says.

A suicide attacker on a donkey blew himself up as a convoy of Afghan and foreign soldiers drove past in Wardak Province, a local official said.

In June, Nato handed over security for the whole of Afghanistan to Afghan forces, but some 97,000 troops remain.

More than 100 Isaf soldiers have been killed this year.

As well as the three foreign soldiers, their Afghan interpreter was also killed, the spokesman for the provincial governor said.

Isaf currently has troops from 50 contributing nations - most of them, some 68,000, from the US - providing military back-up when needed.

By the end of 2014 all combat troops should have left to be replaced - if approved by the Afghan government - by a smaller force that will only train and advise.

Most Nato soldiers have died in insurgent attacks, but the pressure on contributing nations to withdraw has been exacerbated by a series of "green-on-blue" attacks in which members of the Afghan security forces have killed coalition troops.

At least 60 Nato personnel died in such attacks in 2012. Many more Afghan security force members have died at the hands of their colleagues, in so-called "green-on-green" attacks.

US President Barack Obama has not yet said how many troops he will leave in Afghanistan along with other Nato forces at the end of 2014.

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