Insurgents attack coalition troops in Afghanistan, killing 2
Insurgents attacked coalition service members in western Afghanistan on Sunday, killing two of them, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. Four other coalition troops were injured in an unrelated incident in the south.
ISAF said two of its service members were killed as a result of an insurgent attack in Afghanistan's west, which is relatively peaceful when compared to other regions in the war-torn country. But because the multinational force defers the release of specific details to national authorities, no other details about the incident were immediately available, including the exact location.
The nationalities of the service members involved were also not immediately disclosed by ISAF, again per its policy. "It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities," ISAF said in a brief statement, giving no specific details. The alliance does also not report injuries.
Meanwhile, the Army Operational Command in Denmark said four Danish soldiers were injured on Sunday morning when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) north of Patrol Base Hazrat in Helmand province, located in southern Afghanistan. They were airlifted to a hospital at Camp Bastion but were not seriously injured.
Also on Sunday, the U.S. Department of Defense released the identity of an American soldier who died on Friday when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire in Kharwar district in Logar province of eastern Afghanistan. The casualty was identified as 23-year-old Pfc. Theodore M. Glende, of Rochester, New York.
The deaths on Sunday raise the number of coalition troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year to 265, according to official figures. A total of 566 ISAF troops were killed in Afghanistan in 2011, down from 711 in 2010. A majority of the fallen troops were American and were killed in the country's south, which is plagued by IED attacks on troops and civilians.