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KABUL — Three coalition troops were killed Sunday in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, according to a statement from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Officials did not immediately release further details.

As Afghan troops have taken over more of the day-to-day fighting this year, coalition deaths have fallen dramatically. So far this year, 114 foreign troops have died in Afghanistan, compared with 402 total in 2012, according to the iCasualties.org website, which monitors coalition casualties from the war.

Fighting, though, has remained steady in the country, with Afghan casualties — both military and civilian — rising this year, and an entrenched insurgency showing no sign of waning.

The U.S. still has roughly 66,000 troops on the ground who continue to take the bulk of casualties among NATO-led forces, having lost at least 86 servicemembers in Afghanistan this year. By Dec. 31, 2014, all foreign combat troops are scheduled to leave the country.

Since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, more than 3,300 foreign troops have been killed, including at least 2,260 Americans, according to iCasualties.org.

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