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ISAF service member killed after attack in Afghanistan

A service member of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed during an attack in western Afghanistan today, ISAF Joint Command announced:

The name and nationality of the service member has not been released, which is in line with ISAF protocol.

ISAF chief 'deeply saddened' by Afghan girls' deaths

The head of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said he is "deeply saddened" by the deaths of 10 Afghan girls who were killed by an explosion.

ISAF said the Governor of the Chaparhar district - where the explosion took place - claimed it was the result of "the accidental triggering of an old landmine".

ISAF Commander Gen. John R. Allen said:

Over three decades of conflict, Afghanistan became one of the most heavily mined countries on earth. The tragic and cruel fact about landmines is that they don't discriminate.

These precious children were innocent victims and I express my sincere sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of those affected.

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Attacker in Afghan army uniform kills ISAF member

An attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform killed a member of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the south of Afghanistan on Sunday, the force has said.

At least 57 members of ISAF have been killed in so-called 'insider attacks' this year, undermining trust between coalition and Afghan forces, as NATO prepares to withdraw most combat troops by the end of 2014.

"An individual in an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against ISAF service members, killing one," an ISAF spokesman said, declining to give the victim's nationality.

ISAF spokesman: This is dreadful news for all of us serving in Afghanistan

A spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche, has given this statement regarding the two soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan today:

I am extremely sorry to announce the deaths of a Royal Marine from 40 Commando and a soldier from 3 Medical Regiment serving with Task Force Helmand.

This is dreadful news for all of us serving in Afghanistan. Our sincere condolences go to their families, friends and colleagues at this time of grief.

– Major Laurence Roche, Spokesman for Task Force Helmand

Taliban claims responsibility for Afghan attack

I am aware of a suicide attack on French troops in Kapisa but I don't know the number of casualties.

– The provincial police chief Abdul Rahman

The provincial police chief Abdul Rahman added that it occurred in Nijrab district of the mountainous province. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Violence has surged across Afghanistan in recent weeks with the Taliban vowing to target the Afghan government and security forces, as well as the 130,000 foreign troops in the country, most of whom are due to leave by the end of 2014.

Four foreign soldiers killed in Afghan east

Four foreign soldiers were killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.

It did not give any further details of the incident or the nationalities of the soldiers involved, but Afghan officials said the incident happened in Kapisa province, which is mainly patrolled by a French contingent under NATO.

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