US soldier killed by explosive device in southern Afghanistan

A US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier has been killed today in a village in the south of Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device.

A statement issued by ISAF confirmed the incident but did not disclose the location of the blast or the nationality of the soldier. Most of the troops in the area around Kandahar, southern Afghanistan are American or British.

The IED was a roadside bomb, the most frequent and deadly weapon used by the Taliban against foreign forces.

The fatality today has pushed the total number of deaths led by the US in Afghanistan to 109 so far in 2012.

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