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Blast kills NATO soldier in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — An improvised explosive device killed a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the U.S.-led international military coalition said.

In its statement, the coalition did not give further details on where the incident occurred or the nationality of the service member killed.

Saturday's death brings to five the number of coalition troops who have died in Afghanistan so far this month. So far this year, 12 coalition troops have been killed in Afghanistan, according to a tally kept by the Associated Press.

Afghan insurgents have increased attacks in recent months, intensifying a campaign to regain territory as foreign forces draw down ahead of a full withdrawal at the end of 2014.

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As of Saturday, 2,173 U.S. troops have died in the war in Afghanistan. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

Army Pfc. Joshua A. Gray, 21, Van Lear, Ky.; noncombat-related incident Monday; Bagram.

Army Spc. Christopher A. Landis, 27, Independence, Ky.; rocket-propelled grenade Monday; Kapisa province.

Army Spc. John A. Pelham, 22, Portland, Ore.; small-arms fire Wednesday; Kapisa province.

Army Sgt. First Class Roberto C. Skelt, 41, York, Fla.; small-arms fire Wednesday; Kapisa province.

Blast kills NATO soldier in Afghanistan 02/15/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 15, 2014 10:22pm]
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