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7 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan

At least seven German soldiers have been killed in northeastern part of Afghanistan, increasing the number of foreign troops killed in the country, the Taliban claim.

Taliban militants killed the soldiers in an attack in Badakhshan province, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Friday.

He also noted that a US military base has been targeted by militants in eastern Afghanistan. There have been no reports of any casualties in the attack.

In another incident in the country, the Taliban claimed that it assaulted a military base in southeast, killing at least 50 US-led and Afghan soldiers.

The United States and its western allies plan to increase the number of their troops stationed in the war-ravaged country to 150,000 by August.

Germany has nearly 5,000 troops with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Last month, seven other German soldiers were killed in battles with Taliban forces.

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