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    US military death toll reaches 400

    KABUL(PAN): A NATO soldier from US was killed following "an insurgent attack" in eastern Afghanistan, taking the death toll of American soldiers to 400 this year, the alliance said on Thursday.

    The soldier was killed on Thursday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

    The statement released no further details in line with ISAF policy.

    The death brings to 598 the number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year.

    The total for 2009, the second deadliest year, was 521, including 317 American soldiers.

    US troops are stationed in eastern provinces under ISAF command.

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