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NATO-led soldier killed in Afghanistan

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  • Soldier died in a "hostile incident," ISAF says
  • The force did not disclose the service member's name or nationality
  • Taliban are leading a growing insurgency and foreign troop deaths have gone up
  • A U.S.-led coalition has been battling the Taliban since the 2001 attacks
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A member of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan has been killed in the country's volatile south, the International Security Assistance Force said.

The soldier died Tuesday in a "hostile incident," ISAF said in a statement.

The force did not disclose the service member's name or nationality, or provide further details.

A U.S.-led coalition has been battling the Taliban militant movement and its allies in the al Qaeda terrorist network in Afghanistan since the 2001 attacks on the United States.

The Taliban have been leading a growing insurgency and international troop deaths have increased in recent months in the war-torn country.

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has said he will shift his focus to Afghanistan from Iraq, and military officials have said up to 30,000 additional U.S. troops could be sent to the country next year -- nearly doubling the number of American soldiers there.

The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, William Wood, said in late December that roadside bombings have doubled and kidnappings have increased over the last year, but he noted that the cultivation of opium poppies -- used to produce heroin -- has declined.

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