Three Nato soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan today, the alliance announced, bringing to 584 the total number of personnel killed so far this year. The US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the attack was in western Afghanistan but released no other details. There are American, Spanish, Italian and Lithuanian troops based in Nato contingents in the west.
The Taliban insurgency against US-led Nato troops and the Afghan government is now in its deadliest year, having expanded steadily since the 2001 US-led invasion brought down their regime.
Six US soldiers were killed in attacks yesterday and four Italian soldiers in a single bombing in western Afghanistan last week. Thursday's deaths brought to 584 the number of foreign soldiers killed this year, eclipsing the previous record of 521 in 2009.