US Afghan death toll 'hits 2,000'

2,000 American soldiers have now been killed in the Afghanistan conflict, according to US officials.

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In numbers: NATO troops in Afghanistan by country

There are currently 129,469 troops committed to NATO's International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan, according to The Brookings Institute. The majority of the troops come from the USA, followed by the UK.

  • USA: 90,000
  • UK: 9,500
  • Germany: 4,701
  • Italy: 3,986
  • France: 3,279
  • Poland: 2,420
  • Spain: 1,596
  • Australia: 1,550
  • Turkey: 1,272

A total of fifty-one countries have officially committed troops to the ISAF, but the number of soldiers actually deployed varies considerably:

  • Austria: 3
  • Bahrain: 95
  • Denmark: 676
  • Slovenia: 79
  • Ireland: 7
  • Netherlands: 500
  • Iceland: 6

US soldier killed after 'misunderstanding'

A US soldier and a foreign contractor were killed alongside two Afghan soldiers died in the latest suspected insider 'green on blue' attack in Afghanistan. The nationality of the contractor has not been confirmed.

The deaths occurred in the Wardak province, according to the International Security Assistance Force. Provincial government spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said:

Initial reports indicate that a misunderstanding happened between Afghan army soldiers and American soldiers.

NATO soldier and civilian killed in 'insider' Afghan attack

A member of NATO's Afghan force and a civilian contractor have been killed in the latest "insider" attack by a member of the Afghan security forces.

The attack in eastern Afghanistan yesterday came after the United States said joint operations with Afghan forces were returning to normal.

Joint operations were halted two weeks ago after a surge of attacks by Afghan allies. At least 52 members of the NATO force have been killed this year in so-called green-on-blue attacks.

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