KABUL (AFP) - The number of foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001 has passed 1,000, according to the icasualties.org website Monday. International soldiers arrived in Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban and have remained to track down Taliban and other insurgents and help to rebuild the war-ravaged country. The independent site, which tracks casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq in the absence of an official collation, said Monday 1,002 soldiers involved in the campaign in Afghanistan have lost their lives. This includes two coalition troops killed in a suicide bombing in the northern province of Baghlan Monday. A third international soldier died after a bombing in the west the same day. There are about 33,000 US soldiers in the campaign in Afghanistan, making up about half of the international forces here. Since 2001, the force has lost 624 troops in combat or accidents, according to icasualties. About 121 British troops have been killed, as well as 97 Canadians, according to the defence ministries of both nations. Others included in the death toll are: 30 German soldiers, 23 French, 16 Dutch, 16 Danes, 13 Italians and eight Poles. The majority of troops killed in Afghanistan died in bomb blasts, mostly "improvised explosive devices". The number of soldiers killed in the first 10 months of this year, at 253 according to icasualties, is well beyond the total of 237 for the whole of 2007. With the rise in fatalities, Afghanistan is rapidly surpassing Iraq as the most dangerous battlefield in the US-led "war on terror". In May more foreign soldiers were killed in Afghanistan than Iraq, even though the number of international troops here is about half. But overall, Iraq is by far the deadliest battleground with more than 4,500 international soldiers killed since the March 2003 invasion, 4,180 of them Americans. There are close to 70,000 foreign soldiers in Afghanistan, more than 50,000 of them in a NATO-led force drawn from 40 countries and the remainder in the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom campaign. While, a logistics convoy has just pulled into Forward Base Nijrab, the latest of about 700 since June to make the perilous three-hour journey from the Afghan capital. The road that snakes through the mountains from Kabul is a rude test of both truck axles and the soldiers' mettle. "This is nothing like Bosnia, Kosovo, Lebanon or Chad. In Afghanistan, the danger is constant," says the French sergeant major who led the mission and is only permitted by the military to give his first name, Pascal. About 60 kilometres of treacherous road separates NATO's Camp Warehouse in Kabul from this fortified base in Kapisa to the northeast. Not far from here, 10 French soldiers were killed in an insurgent ambush in August. Convoys supplying the more than 60,000 international troops in Afghanistan, helping in the fight against the Taliban, are regularly attacked, looted and torched. "The main danger for a logistics convoy is the IEDs (improvised explosive devices)," Pascal says. Most of the roughly 230 international soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year have died in bombings. Nineteen vehicles in a convoy for US troops were torched in southern Zabul province at the weekend by men who claimed to be from the Taliban, police said. The guards escaped and there were reports they had assisted in the attack. "In Bosnia, we would leave with 35 or 40 lorries with four or five armoured vehicles. Here it is the opposite " we have four lorries for 16 armoured vehicles," says the sergeant major.