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    Foreign soldier killed in IED attack

    KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan on Friday, the alliance said.

    The death was announced in a brief statement from the NATO-led force that neither gave the victim’s nationality nor the exact location of the roadside bombing -- a weapon of choice for the Taliban insurgents

    So far during the current year, ISAF has lost eight soldiers, including three Americans and as many Britons, in Afghanistan. In 2012, 402 international troops were killed in the country, with the US bearing the brunt of the fatalities.

    Also on Friday, top defence representatives from 50 nations began an important session in Belgium on the future of their mission in Afghanistan.

    Ministers from NATO member states and countries contributing troops to ISAF are discussing the current situation in Afghanistan.

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