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Death toll of NATO troops in Afghanistan climbs

March 28, 2012 by Ben Collins in World

The number of deaths of foreign troops fighting in Afghanistan has now climbed to 13 after two NATO soldiers were killed in the southern region. The two soldiers were British.

Based on initial reports, the two soldiers were shot by a man wearing an Afghan uniform. Sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made yet.

According to International Security Assistance Force spokesman Major Jason Waggoner, the incident occurred in a US-run base in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.

A man, who wore an Afghan army uniform, opened fire and killed two British soldiers. The man was gunned down by coalition forces.

Although US troops have started pulling out of the beleaguered country, NATO forces are still in the region to maintain peace and order. Based on statistics, one in seven foreign solders is killed.

The main goal of the mission is to train Afghan forces to gain control of the country’s national security by the end of 2014. This would also pave the way for the complete withdrawal of foreign troops.

Lash Gar is one of the first places in the country turned over to Afghan forces as part of the transition.

Three more foreign troops were injured after a suicide bomber blew up himself in Chora district in Uruzgan. An Afghan police officer was also injured because of the blast.

This year alone, four French, six Americans and one Albanian have been killed in the country. As more foreign troops are killed, NATO forces expect increasing clamor to bring home the troops safe and sound.

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