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KABUL — NATO on Sunday reported another foreign soldier killed fighting in the Afghan war as the death toll for what is already a record month climbed higher.
The death following a Taliban-style attack using a crude bomb known as an improvised explosive device (IED) happened Saturday in southern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
LONDON — A British soldier died on Saturday, two weeks after being wounded by an explosion in southern Afghanistan, Britain's Ministry of Defence said.
"It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a soldier from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj North," a statement said.
When I visited Kabul this spring, a diplomat from a country that has sent thousands of troops to our war there asked a simple question that was actually an indictment. "Tell me," he said, "who's in charge of U.S. policy on Afghanistan?"
June has become the deadliest month of the war for NATO troops with at least 91 killed, 54 of them American. For U.S. troops, the deadliest month was October 2009, with a toll of 59 dead.
Saturday's airstrike in Kunduz province was called in on a group of insurgents who were meeting in a field in an unpopulated part of Chahar Darah district, NATO said in a statement. The area, called Baghi Shirkat, is about 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of Kunduz city.
Afghan officials said a Taliban commander who helped smuggle weapons was among the dead, NATO said.
Eight militants were killed in all, said Abdul Rahman Aqtash, the deputy provincial police chief. No civilians were injured, NATO said.