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Europe sends drought aid to Afghanistan
European Commission sends more aid to help drought victims in Afghanistan
By The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ' The European Commission says it is sending more aid to Afghanistan to help drought victims who need food both for themselves and their animals before snow blocks roads in the nation already weakened by war.

The commission said on Tuesday it would release euro1.5 million ($2 million) to those suffering from the drought, which was caused by light snow and rainfall during the winter and spring of this year across northern Afghanistan.

That brings the total commission response to the Afghan drought to euro4.5 million, or about $6.1 million ' money that is expected to help about 72,000 people.

Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, says an estimated 2.8 million people already have been affected by the drought.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ' Two NATO service members were killed in southern Afghanistan where foreign forces are trying to hold territory they gained after routing insurgents from their strongholds, the coalition said Tuesday.

One service member died in an insurgent attack and the other was killed in a roadside bombing. No other details were disclosed about the deaths, which occurred on Monday.

According to an Associated Press tally, 512 international troops have been killed so far this year in Afghanistan. At least 382 of those killed were Americans.

In eastern Afghanistan, four civilians were killed on Tuesday when their car hit a roadside bomb in Alingar district of Laghman province, said provincial spokesman Faizanullah Patan.

Two men, one woman and a child were killed in the explosion and two other adults were seriously wounded, he said.

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