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Two ISAF Troops Killed in IED Attack in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Two service members of NATO's International Security Assistance Force were killed in eastern Afghanistan over the weekend, NATO said in a statement Monday.

The troops, who have not yet been identified, died after they came under attack by an improvised explosive device, or an IED.  Per ISAF policy, their identification has been deferred to national authorities.

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77 ISAF Troops Injured in Suicide Attack on Afghan Base

NATO(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Seventy-seven servicemembers of NATO's International Security Assistance Force were injured Saturday evening when a Taliban suicide bomber driving a truck full of explosives targeted a U.S. base in central Afghanistan.

The attack at Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province also killed two Afghan civilians and injured 25 others, according to NATO.

NATO said none of the injuries against its personnel were life-threatening, noting that "most of the force of the explosion was absorbed by the protective barrier at the outpost entrance."

"The explosion damaged the compound entrance and was not followed-up by any subsequent attacks," NATO added.  "The impact to the compound is readily repairable and operations are continuing."

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Five NATO Servicemen Killed in Afghan IED Attack

ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Five American servicemembers of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in southern Afghanistan Thursday.

According to the ISAF, the troops died after they were attacked by an improvised explosive device, or IED.  A defense official says Americans were among the casualties.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, sending a text message to the media.  They said two American Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, were targeted in the Marja and Gereshk districts of Helmand province.

The servicemembers have not yet been identified.

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Insurgents behind Afghan Helicopter Attack Reportedly Killed in Airstrike

Staff Sgt. William Tremblay/ISAF/NATO (file photo)(KABUL, Afghanistan ) -- The commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan announced Wednesday that the Taliban insurgents responsible for the helicopter attack that left 30 American servicemembers dead this past weekend have been killed.

Speaking to Pentagon reporters in a videoconference from Kabul, Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen said the insurgents were tracked down and killed early Monday morning.

"At approximately midnight on Aug. 8, coalition forces killed the Taliban insurgents responsible for this attack against the helicopter -- which we assess was an RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] round," Allen told reporters.

He added, "We tracked them, as we would in the aftermath of any operation -- and we dealt with them with a kinetic strike -- and in the aftermath of that we have achieved certainty that they, in fact, were killed in that strike."

The general did not say precisely how the insurgents were positively ID'd as the ones responsible for the attack, how they were located, or how many of them were killed in the F-16 airstrike.

On Tuesday, the remains of the fallen soldiers -- 22 of whom were Navy SEALs -- arrived at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base.  President Obama was on hand to pay his respects to the 30 servicemembers, who have not yet been identified.

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Six ISAF Troops Killed in Afghanistan; Deadliest Day in a Month

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment(KABUL, Afghanistan) --  Six International Security Assistance Force service members were killed in Aghanistan Wednesday, making it the deadliest day for ISAF troops in exactly a month.

Four ISAF troops died from attacks involving improvised explosive devices, or IEDs -- three in eastern Afghanistan and another in southern Afghanistan.  Two other service members died in the eastern part of the country -- one after an insurgent attack and another following a non-battle related injury.

The identities of the troops have not been released.

Wednesday's fatalities mark the deadliest day for the ISAF since Dec. 12 when six U.S. soldiers were killed in Kandahar.

So far in January, 15 ISAF service members have died, nine of whom were confirmed to be Americans.  Fourteen out of the 15 deaths resulted from IED attacks.

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