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US soldier among several killed in Afghanistan

A US soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the military said, also reporting the death of a civilian woman and several militants in a mounting insurgency.

The trooper was killed in action while on a "combat reconnaissance patrol See: patrol. " in the southeastern province of Farah, a region which sees regular insurgent INSURGENT. One who is concerned in an insurrection. He differs from a rebel in this, that rebel is always understood in a bad sense, or one who unjustly opposes the constituted authorities; insurgent may be one who justly opposes the tyranny of constituted authorities.  attacks, the US military said in a statement.

His death took to 13 the number of international soldiers killed since Monday, highlighting the growing threat faced by troops in Afghanistan where they are fighting Taliban rebels.

In a separate statement, the force said Afghan and US-led international forces raided militant compounds in central Afghanistan overnight, killing several insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon.  and one civilian woman.

The woman was killed by a bullet which ricocheted as troops fought rebels in the province of Ghazni, south of Kabul, the statement said.

"The combined force A military force composed of elements of two or more allied nations. See also force(s).  assaulted three compounds... during the operation the force engaged and killed several armed enemy combatants," the statement said without giving the number of militants killed.

"During this engagement, a ricocheting round killed a civilian female," it added.

A senior Afghan police official told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol.  on condition of anonymity that reports from the area said all of those killed were civilians, including two women, and were being investigated.

"Our people in the area have said that they (the victims) were civilians but we have to investigate that," the police official said.

Villagers in Giru district contacted AFP to say eight civilians were killed, but this could not be independently verified due to the remoteness of the area. Authorities refused to give official comment.

The US military says insurgents often inflate or fabricate claims of civilian casualties Civilian casualties is a military term describing civilian or non-combatant persons killed or injured by military action. The description of civilian casualties includes any form of military action regardless of whether civilians were targeted directly.  to stir up anger against international forces, whom the militants want to leave Afghanistan.

But foreign troops have also killed scores of civilians in error since they arrived in 2001 to throw out the Taliban.

About 90,000 international troops deployed under NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
 in full North Atlantic Treaty Organization

International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion.
 and in a separate US-led coalition are helping Afghan forces fight an increasingly deadly insurgency being waged by remnants of the Taliban regime.
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Date:Jul 8, 2009
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