Saturday, May 4 2013, 11:14 PM MDT
7 U.S. Soldiers Killed In Southern Afghanistan
(CBS) Deadly attacks in southern Afghanistan killed 7 U.S. soldiers Saturday. In separate attacks, the Taliban is claiming responsibility for at least one strike.
CBS News has learned that 5 U.S. service members died when their Stryker armored vehicle, similar to this one, hit a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.
The explosion happened Saturday in a volatile part of Kandahar province. In a separate incident in Western Afghanistan - two more Americans died when an Afghan soldier turned his weapon on them in a so called insider attack.
U.S. soldiers and other members of the International Security Assistance Force are training Afghans to take over security of their own nation.
The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the second attack. In the last week - the group announced it has launched a spring offensive
targeting foreign troops.
More than 30 Americans have died in Afghanistan so far this year. But, a spokesman for the U-S led coalition says attacks on foreign troops
won't derail the mission.
"This will not have an effect on our overall campaign. We stay committed and will stay in this country to support the Afghans."
All foreign combat troops are scheduled to leave the country by the end of next year.