At least two soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, were killed Monday in separate attacks by "enemy forces" in eastern and southern Afghanistan, the Atlantic alliance said.
Officials from the soldiers' home countries will identify the fallen, the ISAF said in two statements that did not specify the places where the attacks occurred or the nationalities of the dead troops.
Two ISAF soldiers died in an attack in the eastern province of Laghman, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said.
"Two American soldiers died in the attack. The Taliban also seized two weapons, ammunition, scopes and a dog. (Later,) U.S. aircraft bombed the area, wounding two Taliban," Mujahid told Afghanistan's AIP news agency.
A total of 156 NATO personnel have died in Afghanistan this year, the independent icasualties Web site reported.
ISAF deaths totaled 95 during the first six months of this year, down 57 percent from the same period in 2012, with analysts attributing the lower casualties to the handover of security operations to Afghan forces.
International forces began gradually withdrawing from Afghanistan and transferring security responsibilities to Afghan police and army troops in 2011.
The pullout is expected to be completed in 2014, but many NATO members, including the United States, support leaving military units in the Asian country beyond next year. EFE