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US and Afghan Soldiers Killed as Afghanistan Celebrates Independence Day

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Four U.S. and two Afghan soldiers were killed in separate clashes in Afghanistan as the country celebrated its independence day Saturday.

In one incident, a bomb struck U.S.-led forces in eastern Kunar province, killing three American troops. In another attack, one U.S. soldier and an Afghan soldier were killed in heavy fighting with Taleban insurgents in the southern province of Uruzgan. An Afghan police officer was also killed in a separate incident in Zabul province.

The violence came as the South Asian nation celebrated the 87th anniversary of its independence from British rule.

During festivities in Kabul, President Hamid Karzai told thousands that education is the key to protecting the country's independence.

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The strict Islamic leadership of the former Taleban regime prohibited girls from attending school. Teachers and schools have been one of the main targets of attacks by militant supporters of the ousted Taleban.

U-S led coalition forces drove the Taleban from power following the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Some 21-thousand NATO-led troops are stationed in Afghanistan to help maintain security and decrease violent attacks as the Afghan government attempts to establish leadership across the war-torn country.

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