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News, March 2010
NATO Announces Death of 2 Soldiers,
Taliban Reports Many More NATO Deaths
March 27, 2010
British soldier killed by grenade in Afghanistan
Fri Mar 26, 2010, 4:48 pm ET
LONDON (AFP) –
A British soldier has died in a grenade attack while out on foot patrol in Afghanistan, officials said Friday.
The soldier, from the Household Cavalry Regiment, died on Friday in Sangin, Helmand Province.
His death was not connected to Operation Moshtarak, a major offensive in Helmand's Marjah region aimed at breaking the grip of the Taliban and drug cartels.
"A British soldier from the Household Cavalry Regiment, serving as part of the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, was killed in Sangin this afternoon," military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield said.
"He was on a BRF foot patrol operating about three kilometres to the south of Sangin district centre when he was fatally wounded by a grenade thrown from behind a wall."
The death takes to 277 the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2001 and comes the day after heir to the throne Prince Charles visited forces in Afghanistan.
A total of 32 British troops have been killed this year. Britain has around 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, largely battling Taliban militants in Helmand.
The dead man's family have been informed.
NATO reports another Afghan death
AP, Sat Mar 27, 8:30 am ET
An international service member was killed Saturday by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, NATO said, raising the number of alliance troops who have died in the country this month to at least 36.
A NATO statement did not identify the victim by nationality or provide further details.
The alliance has been stepping up military operations in the south in a bid to turn back the Taliban, whose base is among the southern Pashtun ethnic community.
U.S., NATO and Afghan forces seized the town of Marjah in Helmand province from the Taliban last month and are stepping up operations in neighboring Kandahar province, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.
In March last year, 28 NATO service members died in Afghanistan, including 13 Americans.
Also Saturday, NATO reported that a day earlier Afghan and alliance forces raided a compound in the northern Helmand town of Musa Qalah, killing and detaining several suspected insurgents.
A NATO statement said the compound was believed to have been used to train Taliban fighters and store their weapons.
The force seized several assault rifles, about 10,000 rounds of ammunition, six rocket-propelled grenades and other weaponry, it said.
Elsewhere, two insurgents were captured Friday during a raid in the Nad-i-Ali district of Helmand, which includes Marjah. One of the insurgents was believed to be a Taliban commander who has planned attacks in Marjah and Nad-i-Ali, the NATO statement said.
In Logar province west of Kabul, a joint security force arrested two suspected Taliban members Friday, NATO said.
The following news reports were published by a website claiming to represent Taliban fighters (http://alemarah.info/english/). There has been no independent verification of these stories in the internet.
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