Sunday, February 6, 2011

UK soldier slain in south Afghanistan

A British soldier in Afghanistan (file photo)
A British soldier has been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in southern Afghanistan in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.

The soldier was from 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, the state-run BBC reported on Saturday.

The death brings the death toll for British soldiers deployed in Afghanistan to 352 since the war began in 2001.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are by far the most lethal weapon Taliban militants use against foreign troops, Afghan forces as well as civilians.

The latest death brings to 38 the number of fatalities among foreign troops in Afghanistan so far in 2011.

However, last year was the deadliest year for foreign military casualties with a death toll of 711. The figure eclipsed the previous record of 521 in 2009.

Despite the presence of 140,000 NATO forces in the Central Asian country, the militant attacks have not abated.

Britain has about 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, making it the second-largest contributor to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force after the United States.

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