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Afghanistan's presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, center, asks a cameraman to move to the right side, during an event at his residence in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, called on Abdullah to rejoin the process and demanded that the commission stick to the official timetable for releasing preliminary results next week. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led international coalition in Afghanistan says one of its service members has been killed in an attack in the country's south.

NATO said on Thursday that the soldier died as a result of an enemy forces attack on Wednesday. The alliance provided no other details in its statement. Coalition policy is for home countries to identify their military dead.

All foreign combat troops are scheduled to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

Southern Afghanistan is a Taliban stronghold. On Wednesday, Afghan security forces fought back against a fierce Taliban onslaught by about 800 militants in southern Helmand province. Clashes there have been going on for the past four days and have killed dozens of people, including at least 35 civilians.


Afghanistan’s presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai speaks for his allies, in front of the media representatives, at his resident in Kabul,
Afghanistan's presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai speaks for his allies, in front of the media representatives, at his resident in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, called on Abdullah to rejoin the process and demanded that the commission stick to the official timetable for releasing preliminary results next week. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) (Massoud Hossaini/AP)


NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The Brussels
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The Brussels meeting is the final gathering of high-ranking government officials before the summit of NATO?s leaders scheduled for September in Wales. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his colleagues are expected to fine tune the summit?s agenda on a wide array of topics, from how to redeploy NATO?s forces in response to Russian capabilities and actions to what to do in Afghanistan when NATO?s combat mission in that country comes to an end this December. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) (Virginia Mayo/AP)