NATO service member killed in southern Afghanistan

A NATO service member has been killed in fighting in southern Afghanistan, the international force said Saturday. The service member was killed Friday in a "direct fire attack," NATO forces said in a statement. It did not provide the troop's nationality or further details about the incident, citing a policy of waiting for the national authority to do so. The Taliban have taken back control of large areas of southern Afghanistan in the past three years, reversing much of the gains won by international forces when they invaded in 2001. About 21,000 additional US troops are arriving in Afghanistan - mainly in the south - as part of US President Barack Obama's plan to turn back the resurgent militants.