Afghanistan: NATO service member killed in insurgent attack

December 18, 2010 08:39

KABUL, Afghanistan — A NATO service member was killed Saturday in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, the military coalition said.

The alliance did not reveal the nationality of the service member or the location of the attack. Another service member died of a noncombat injury in the north of the country on Friday, NATO said. No further details were available. More than 670 U.S. and other international troops have died in Afghanistan so far this year.

Separately, NATO said it killed a senior Taliban leader in an airstrike in Badghis province in northern Afghanistan on Friday.

The military coalition said in a statement that the Taliban leader, Mullah Tor Jan, had been appointed by the Quetta Shura, the Afghan Taliban command council based in Pakistan. The airstrike that killed him followed a firefight that broke out as Afghan and international forces pursued "an armed individual" to a cave complex, the coalition said.

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