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Blast targets ISAF troops in Afghanistan
Sun, 14 Nov 2010 02:48:30 GMT
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Lithuanian soldiers in Afghanistan (file photo)
A roadside bomb has targeted a convoy of US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers in Afghanistan's western province of Ghor.

The remote-controlled bomb went off as vehicles of Lithuanian troops were passing through the provincial capital Chaghcharan on Saturday.

Police officer Col. Zainul Abidin told Pajhwok Afghan News that the bombing caused no damage, but the blast's powerful shock wave shattered the windowpanes of a number of nearby buildings.

The assault took place on the same day that Taliban militants stormed a major US military base and an airport in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The Taliban said its militants killed dozens of US and Afghan soldiers during the operation.

A senior spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, said 14 militants had been involved in the assault.

A total of 637 foreign soldiers have been killed in the Afghan war so far this year, eclipsing the previous record of 521 in 2009.

The death toll for foreign troops based in Afghanistan has hit 26 this month. Nonetheless, June remains the worst month for foreign military casualties with a death toll of 103.

The US military has lost 1,384 soldiers in Afghanistan since the war began in October 2001.

As casualties have risen in Afghanistan over the past few months, public opinion has begun turning against the war in the United States and other countries.

Also, hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months, with Afghans becoming more and more outraged over the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults

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