Total foreign military deaths in Afghanistan in 2010 neared 600 with the death of another service member yesterday, an unwelcome figure that will likely weigh heavily on Western leaders amid declining support for the war.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said yesterday one of its service members was killed by a homemade bomb in the south of the country, bringing the total to 599 since the beginning of 2010. No other details of the incident were available.