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Seven NATO troops killed in bloody Afghan attacks

By Mamoon Durrani (AFP) – 7 hours ago

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb killed five US troops Saturday in Afghanistan and two other NATO soldiers were shot dead in an "insider attack", a week after the Taliban launched their spring offensive.

The bomb killed five soldiers in a vehicle in the southern province of Kandahar, local police said, while the two other NATO troops were killed by an Afghan army soldier in the far west of the country.

The nationalities of the two who died in the insider attack was not disclosed by NATO's International Security Assistance Force, in line with coalition policy.

Akram Khpalwak, governor of Farah province, told AFP that an Afghan soldier had opened fire in the Bala Buluk district of Farah, but he was unable to give further details.

General Abdul Razeq, police chief in Kandahar, said that "five American soldiers were killed at about noon when their armoured vehicle hit a powerful roadside mine in Maiwand district."

NATO-led soldiers are fighting alongside Afghan colleagues to thwart Taliban militants, but more than 60 foreign soldiers were killed in 2012 in insider attacks that have bred fierce mistrust between allies.

The last suspected incident was on March 11 when two US soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in Wardak province by a man in Afghan army uniform who also killed several Afghan soldiers.

Fighting in northern Afghanistan kills 1 German special forces soldier, wounds another

Published May 05, 2013
Associated Press

BERLIN – Insurgents in northern Afghanistan have killed a German special forces soldier and wounded a second, the German defense minister said Sunday. The fatality marks the first death in combat of a member of Germany's special forces in Afghanistan.

The soldiers were accompanying an Afghan-led military operation on Saturday when insurgents opened fire at a river crossing in Baghlan province, using fire arms and rocket-propelled grenades.

The troops called in air support but the special forces soldier was fatally shot later when exploring the airstrike's damage, Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere said. The wounded special forces soldier's condition was not life-threatening, he added.
NATO: 3 Georgian troops killed in Afghanistan attack

Published: May 13, 2013 Updated 9 hours ago
By KATHY GANNON — Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — A truck bombing Monday killed three coalition service members in southern Afghanistan, NATO said in a statement. A local official said the attack targeted a base operated by troops from Georgia.

Omer Zawak, spokesman for the governor of the southern Helmand province, said the truck bomb exploded at the entrance to the Georgian outpost in the Musa Qala district of the province, one of the most volatile regions of Afghanistan.

The deaths brought the number of soldiers from the former Soviet republic of Georgia killed in Afghanistan to 22. Georgia has about 1,600 troops in Afghanistan, the largest non-NATO contingent there. Georgian soldiers are under NATO's command.
3 US troops killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan, NATO says

Published May 14, 2013

Three American soldiers were killed Tuesday in a roadside explosion in southern Afghanistan, according to NATO.

The soldiers were in a vehicle on patrol in the Zhari district of the Kandahar province when they were killed, said NATO spokesman Col. Thomas Collins. The spiritual heartland of the Taliban, Kandahar is one of the most volatile regions in Afghanistan. Several service members were also wounded, although the extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

A NATO spokesman initially said four US service members were killed in the bombing, but the death toll has since been revised to three.

Earlier Tuesday, a suicide bomber targeted U.S. special forces north of the Afghan capital, but there were no casualties among the troops.

Maj. Bryan Woods, a spokesman for the international alliance, says the bomber and insurgents armed with small caliber weapons attacked a Special Operation Forces convoy as it was returning to base in the northern Kapisa province on Monday.

Qais Qadri, spokesman for the Kapisa governor, said one civilian was killed in the incident.

Woods said he could not confirm the death but said the special forces returned safely to their base "after engaging the enemy."

Attacks by Taliban insurgents have increased in recent months as the fighting season moves into high gear. It has been a bloody couple of days for international forces in Afghanistan, with three Georgian soldiers killed Monday when a powerful truck bomb exploded at the gate of their outpost in neighboring Helmand province. Also Monday, in northern Kapisa province, a suicide bomber hit a U.S. Special Operation Forces convoy. There were no casualties.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
Bomber in Afghanistan kills 15, including six Americans

6:00pm IST
By Miriam Arghandiwal

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber in a car attacked a convoy of foreign troops in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 15 people including six Americans, Afghan and foreign officials said, in one of the worst attacks in the Afghan capital in months.

Forty people were wounded in the blast at around 8 a.m. (0330 GMT) during the morning rush-hour. It caused heavy damage to mud-built houses in the vicinity.

The Hezb-e-Islami insurgent group, which is allied with the Taliban, claimed responsibility For the attack on the two-vehicle convoy.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the bomber killed two of its members and four civilian contractors. It declined to give nationalities.

But two senior officials, one Afghan and the other from ISAF, said the two ISAF soldiers and four contractors were all American.

Afghan officials said nine Afghan civilians were killed, including two children.

"Some of the dead civilians were badly burnt and can not be recognised," Kaneshka Baktash, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, told Reuters.

Helicopters buzzed over Kabul's diplomatic area after the attack and sirens whined.

"We were in our home drinking tea when the we heard a blast and our windows shattered, the glass wounded all of us," Zohra, a wounded girl who only gave her first name, said from a hospital bed. Her head was wrapped in a bandage.

A Hezb-e-Islami spokesman told Reuters U.S. military advisers were the targets.

"We planned this attack for over a week," the spokesman, Haroon Zarghoun, said by telephone.
Suicide bomber kills 10 Afghan students, 2 US soldiers

By Bill Roggio June 3, 2013

A suicide bomber killed 10 Afghan students, two US soldiers, and an Afghan Local policeman in an attack today outside a school in Paktia province, a haven for the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network. No group has claimed the attack.

The suicide bomber, who was riding on a motorcycle, detonated his explosives near a boys' high school in the Chamkani district as a combined US Army and Afghan Local Police force was traveling nearby.

The chief of police for Paktia province said that 10 students, two US soldiers, and a member of the Afghan Local Police were killed in the blast. Five US soldiers and 20 Afghans, including many children, were also wounded, according to Reuters .

The International Security Assistance Force confirmed that two of its soldiers and "several" Afghans were killed in an attack in the east, but did not provide specifics on the location of the attack or the nationality of the troops who died.

"Two International Security Assistance Force service member were killed during a vehicle borne improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan today," ISAF announced in a press release. "The attack also killed and wounded several Afghan civilians."

4 Americans killed at U.S. base in Afghanistan; Taliban claim responsibility

From Barbara Starr , CNN Pentagon Correspondent

June 19, 2013 -- Updated 0442 GMT (1242 HKT)

(CNN) -- Four Americans were killed during a rocket attack at Bagram Air Base, outside of Kabul, a Pentagon official said Tuesday on the condition of anonymity.

The U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force confirmed that four NATO coalition service members had been killed in an attack but did not disclose the nationality of the casualties or the exact location of the attack.

ISAF said the four were killed in an "attack in eastern Afghanistan."

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the group said in a statement.

Slovak soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

A Slovakian soldier serving with US-led forces has been killed and six others have been wounded in an attack by an Afghan soldier in the south of the country.

On Tuesday, Slovak Defense Minister Martin Glvac said the Afghan soldier opened fire on Slovakian troops in “a terrorist attack" in the city of Kandahar.

The shooter was an Afghan national army soldier at the Kandahar airfield, according to the commander of the base, General Abdul Raziq Sherzai.

Sherzai added that the shooter was arrested.

Kandahar provincial government spokesman Javid Faisal stated that the Afghan soldier was taken into custody and questioned.

He added that the preliminary investigation indicates the shooting may have been an accident.

If it is confirmed that the incident was not an accident, the Slovakian soldier would be the ninth NATO-led soldier killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2013, according to an Associated Press count.

Afghanistan: Donkey bomb attack kills 8, including 3 US soldiers

A donkey-riding bomber attacks in Afghanistan's Wardak province.

A donkey-riding suicide bomber killed eight people in Afghanistan's Wardak province, including US soldiers, Afghan officials told The New York Times on Tuesday.

The bomber, disguised as a farmer, rode up to soldiers while they were out on patrol before setting off his his explosives early Tuesday, according to CNN , citing local sources.

Four Afghan soldiers, three US soldiers and an interpreter were reported killed.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Times .

The blast hit as US and Afghan troops were together patrolling a volatile area in Wardak Province, the Sayadabad district, which is near a major highway to Kabul, said the Times .

Ataullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Wardak's provincial governor, told CNN that four Afghan soldiers were also wounded in the attack.