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Foreign soldier dies in Afghanistan

A soldier of the NATO-led coalition or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) died in Afghanistan on Sunday.

"An International Security Assistance Force service member died as a result of non-battle injury in eastern Afghanistan today," the ISAF confirmed in a statement.

The brief statement did not reveal the nationality of the death, only saying "it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities."

The death has brought the number of foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 55 this year.

Nearly 50,000 NATO-led ISAF troops, down from the peak of 130, 000 in 2010, are stationed in Afghanistan. Some 32,800 of them are Americans and the United States plans to trim its forces to less than 10,000 next year.

[Source: Xinhua, Kabul, 03Aug14]

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