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    ISAF loses 2 soldiers to militant attacks

    KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in direct fire attacks by insurgents in southern and eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

    The NATO-led force announced the deaths in brief statements that neither gave the victims’ nationalities nor the exact locations of the incidents. Mostly US troops are stationed in the east.

    With the latest fatalities, the number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan this year has gone up to 158, including 127 American soldiers, compared with 402 in 2012.

    As usual, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault in the east. The group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the US soldier was killed in the Alingar district of Laghman province.

    The militants seized a dog and two weapons belonging to the US military, he said, adding the incident triggered an airstrike that left two fighters injured.

    In a similar assault, another ISAF soldier was killed in the south, the alliance said.

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