- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

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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