NATO Soldier Dies in Attack

KABUL (AP) - A NATO soldier died of wounds received in an
insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, the military alliance
said Tuesday.

The death followed a surge in violence in Afghanistan over the
weekend that led to the deaths of eight other foreign troops -
including four Americans.

A NATO statement said the soldier died of his wounds Monday in
southern Afghanistan, but it did not provide the soldier's
nationality, the day of the attack or its exact location.

Southern Afghanistan is the center of the Taliban insurgency.
The U.S. is sending thousands of new troops to the south this year
to try to reverse Taliban gains. The Islamic militants have made a
violent comeback the last three years following an apparent initial
defeat after the 2001 U.S. invasion.

The spike in violence is an early indication that insurgent
attacks are likely to surge as some 17,000 U.S. forces arrive in
Afghanistan this year to bolster the record 38,000 Americans
already in the country.


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