November begins with casualties on NATO in Afghanistan as blast kills 2 soldiers   2011-11-01 20:01:15 FeedbackPrintRSS

By Abdul Haleem, Zhang Jianhua

KABUL, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Likewise the previous months in the militancy-plagued Afghanistan, the unabated militancy did not spare the NATO-led multinational peace keeping force in the war- torn country as militants' activities left two soldiers dead in the first day of November bringing the fatalities of the alliance to 511 since January this year.

Two soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) lost their lives as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the military alliance confirmed in a press release issued here in Afghan capital Kabul.

"Two International Security Assistance Force service members died following an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan today," said the press release.

Nevertheless, it did not identify the nationalities of the victims and the exact place of the incident, saying it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.

Troops mostly from the U.S. have been stationed in the troubled eastern provinces along the border with Pakistan's tribal areas.

From January to October this year, according to iCasaulties, a website tracking the casualties of U.S.-led war on terror, 509 service members of NATO-led ISAF with 40 of them only in October had been killed in Afghanistan.

According to iCasualties, 382 out of the 509 service members, killed in the militancy-ridden Afghanistan since January 2011, were Americans.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has been proved as the deadly weapon, used by militants and according to iCasualties, 217 IED attacks had caused 439 deaths to the NATO-forces till October this year.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have been largely relying on suicide attacks and the lethal but homemade IED over the past couple of years.

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Editor: Fang Yang
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