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Taleban Rocket Kills NATO Soldier in Southern Afghanistan


NATO officials say a rocket attack in southern Afghanistan has killed a coalition soldier involved in the ongoing fight against the resurgent Taleban.

Officials say the rocket struck a military vehicle Tuesday, in Kandahar province. There is no word on the NATO soldier's nationality.

Separately, Afghan officials say Taleban militants attacked a police checkpoint in the eastern province of Khost late Monday. Two militants and a police officer were killed.

NATO-led military forces are fighting alongside Afghan troops in their effort to repel Taleban insurgents fighting against the U.S.-backed Kabul government. Attacks by the Taleban, including an increasing number of suicide bombings, have surged this year.

The extremist group was forced from power almost five years ago in an offensive led by the United States.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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