Six NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Six NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan
In the deadliest incident, three Australian
commandos and a US soldier were killed
when their helicopter crashed in
the southern province of Kandahar,
the single worst loss of life for the
 Australian military in the Afghan war.
Another two NATO troops were killed
in separate bomb explosions but their
nationalities have not been released.
Britain also announced a grim toll of 300 dead in
Afghanistan after one of its soldiers died from
wounds suffered in an explosion earlier this month
in the neighbouring southern province of Helmand.
The deaths brought to 281 the number of foreign soldiers
killed in Afghanistan this year, according to an AFP tally
based on figures kept by the independent website.
Much of southern Afghanistan is blighted by the Taliban
insurgency, now in its deadliest phase since the conflict
began almost nine years ago after the US-led invasion
ousted the hardline Islamist regime.