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More coalition servicemembers die in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A second servicemember is killed Friday
  • 16 foreign troops have died in the past three days
  • Five Americans, a Frenchman and a Pole are among those killed

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Two more coalition servicemembers died in Afghanistan Friday, bringing the number of slain foreign troops in the last three days to 16.

One died on Friday in the eastern part of the war-ravaged country after an insurgent attack on Thursday. The other was killed in southern Afghanistan in a roadside blast on Friday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said.

The deadliest day was Thursday when eight NATO troops died. Six ISAF troops died on Wednesday.

ISAF has not announced the nationalities of those slain, in line with policy leaving identification up to the victims' home countries.

But the U.S. military said four Marines and a soldier were killed on Wednesday and the Polish Defense Ministry said one of its soldiers was slain on Thursday. The French government said a military nurse was gravely wounded on Thursday and died later.

Thursday was the first time since August 30 that so many international troops had been killed in hostile incidents in Afghanistan in a single day, according to CNN records. On that day, seven Americans, a Canadian and an Estonian were killed.

Forty-three coalition service members have died this October in Afghanistan so far.

It's the deadliest year of the nine-year-old war for foreign troops. The number of coalition service members killed so far in 2010 now stands at 589.

The highest monthly coalition death toll occurred in June, with 103 foreign troop deaths, a figure that includes Americans and service members other nations.

In July, 65 Americans died, the highest monthly death toll for U.S. service members.

 
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