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Three US nationals killed in Afghanistan


Kabul : NATO military in Kabul said two US soldiers and one civilian were killed in eastern Afghanistan Saturday in an incident that was still under investigation.

“Two US service members and one US employee were killed today in eastern Afghanistan,” the military alliance said in a statement.

Afghanistan’s eastern region, which shares a long border with Pakistan, is the main hub for the Haqqani network, an associate group of Taliban militants.

The latest deaths took to 29 the number of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan in January.

The monthly total of international troops killed reached 44, compared with 25 in January 2009, according to icasualties.org, an independent website that tracks the military fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A total of 520 international troops were killed in Afghanistan last year, the deadliest since the conflict began in 2001.