Monday, July 9, 2012

6 American troops killed in Afghanistan IED attack

(CNN) -- Six U.S. troops were killed by an improvised explosive device Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. official said.

The official asked to remain nameless because he was not authorized to speak about the incident publicly. Earlier in the day, the International Security Assistance Force issued a press release announcing the deaths without offering more details, including the nationalities of the slain troops.

A total of eight international troops were killed over the weekend, according to ISAF, which was first established by the U.N. Security Council in 2001 to secure Kabul and taken over by NATO two years later.

In separate news releases about incidents in southern Afghanistan, the coalition reported one of its servicemembers died Saturday after "an improvised explosive attack" and another was killed Sunday in "an insurgent attack."

The latest attacks came the same day diplomats from around the world convened in Tokyo to discuss Afghanistan's future, including what kind of international assistance the war-torn nation will receive going forward.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said donors at the conference pledged about $16 billion for Afghanistan over four years, a figure that doesn't include money from the United States since any foreign aid must be approved by Congress.

read more at CNN
By the CNN Wire Staff
July 8, 2012 -- Updated 2132 GMT (0532 HKT)

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