8 coalition service members killed in attacks in Afghanistan

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Associated Press

Posted on May 4, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Saturday, May 4 at 8:33 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say seven U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan. The U.S.-led coalition reports five were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.

Later, the coalition reported that a soldier with the Afghan National Army turned his weapon on coalition troops in the west, killing two in the most recent of so-called insider attacks.

Another coalition service member was killed in an insurgent attack in northern Afghanistan.

The attacks come about a week after the Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive.

The renewed violence came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged at a news conference that regular payments his government has received from the CIA for more than a decade would continue.

Karzai also said that talks on a U.S.-Afghan bilateral security agreement to govern future American military presence in the country had been delayed because of conditions the Afghans were placing on the deal.

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