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In turbulent Afghanistan, 2 more foreign troop deaths

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  • A service member in the U.S.-led coalition died in roadside bombing
  • Soldier from the NATO-led force in eastern Afghanistan was killed in fighting
  • Deaths occurred during presumed U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama visit
  • The number of U.S. and allied deaths in the Afghan war this month stands at 24
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(CNN) -- A service member in the U.S.-led coalition in southern Afghanistan died Monday from injuries received in a roadside bombing, the coalition said.

Barack Obama has made the Afghan war a key focus of his foreign policy.

Barack Obama has made the Afghan war a key focus of his foreign policy.

The incident occurred in Helmand province on Sunday, where British troops and U.S. Marines have been fighting the Taliban.

Also Sunday, a soldier from the NATO-led force in eastern Afghanistan was killed in fighting. The incident took place in Khost province.

The nationalities of both service members have not been released.

The fatalities occurred as presumed U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama visited Afghanistan, where Taliban militants have been attempting to make a comeback. Video Watch Obama having breakfast with troops »

The Illinois senator has made the Afghan war a key focus of his foreign policy. He said he would make it the central front in the "war on terror" if elected.

Obama paid a visit to Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, not far from the region where nine U.S. soldiers died July 13 in a combat outpost attack by 200 militants -- the deadliest attack on U.S. troops in Afghanistan in three years.

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The number of U.S. and allied deaths in the Afghan war this month stands at 24, a figure that reflects the uptick of violence in the central Asian nation. At least 17 of the fatalities have been Americans, and the others were three Canadians, an Australian and a Hungarian.

The number of U.S. and allied troops killed in Afghanistan surpassed the total in Iraq in May and June and is on pace to do the same in July. The number of such troop deaths in Iraq is at least nine this month in Iraq, where violence has been dropping this year.

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