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Foreign soldier, three civilians dead in Afghanistan: NATO
| Updated at: 1002 PST, Saturday, August 21, 2010|
KABUL: A foreign soldier fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan was killed in an attack, while a woman and two children died in an operation aimed at an insurgent with Al-Qaeda contacts, NATO said Saturday.
The dead soldier's identity was not revealed, according to NATO policy.
A statement from the alliance said the insurgent attack in which the soldier died took place on Friday in southern Afghanistan, where the Taliban-led insurgency is concentrated.
The death brings to 444 the number of foreign soldiers fighting in Afghanistan to die in the war so far this year, according to a foreign news agency tally based on that kept by the icasualties.org website.
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a separate statement that a civilian woman and two children were "accidentally killed" on Friday in an operation in western Farah province, another insurgency hotspot.
Afghan and coalition forces were pursuing a "Taliban foreign fighter facilitator... known to traffic foreign fighters and weapons from Iran and associate with senior Taliban and Al-Qaeda leadership," it said.