Afghanistan War News Updates -- June 7, 2013

U.S. soldiers provide security near Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar province, Afghanistan, May 25, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alexandra Campo

Seven Georgian Soldiers Killed In Southern Afghanistan -- Reuters

(Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated a small truck loaded with explosives in southern Afghanistan, killing seven Georgian soldiers, NATO and Georgian officials said on Friday, and the Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility.

The attack happened on Thursday evening in Nawzad district in the battlefield province of Helmand, officials said. On May 13, three soldiers from the ex-Soviet state were killed in a similar attack in the same province.

The explosives were detonated outside a Georgian military base in Nawzad, said chief of the Georgian army joint staff, General Irakli Dzneladze.

"I offer my deepest condolences to the families of our fallen heroes and to all of Georgia," Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said in a televised address. "Our duty to their memory is to continue our path towards NATO membership."

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More News On Afghanistan

Australian Special Forces soldier seriously wounded in Afghanistan -- Herald Sun
Afghan forces kill 53 Taliban fighters in 24 hours -- Xinhuanet
Taliban Attack Kills 7 Georgian Soldiers in Afghanistan -- New York Times
Taliban claim attack on Georgians in Afghanistan -- Global Post/AFP
Georgia Minister Visits Afghanistan After 7 Deaths -- AP
Georgia's Defense Minister Visits Afghanistan After Deadly Incident -- Voice of America
Report confirms high toll from Afghan insider attacks in 2012 -- Christian Science Monitor
Family Says They Received Letter From POW Captured In Afghanistan -- CBS
Afghanistan looks to India for military assistance -- Radio Australia
No return to Afghanistan for nervy Russia -- Alexander Gabuev, Global Times
Warning Afghanistan set for civil war -- ABC News (Australia)
Hagel Describes Post-ISAF Afghanistan Mission -- US Department of Defense
Afghanistan: NATO's Mission Possible -- M. Ashraf Haidari, Foreign Policy

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