Monday, July 20, 2009

Wire: 4 US Troops Die in Afghanistan Monday Making July Deadliest Month of Entire War

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2009 -- Newswire services this afternoon reported that four Americans were killed Monday when a roadside bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said, making July the deadliest month for U.S. troops in this war.

A NATO statement did not give nationalities, but U.S. spokesman Lt. Robert Carr confirmed that all four were Americans. The deaths bring to 55 the number of international service members killed in July, also the deadliest month for NATO forces.

Meanwhile, a British fighter jet crashed at NATO's largest base in southern Afghanistan on Monday, the second aircraft to go down there in two days, The Associated Press reported.

The British jet is the fourth aircraft to crash down in Afghanistan in three days and the sixth this month.

A British soldier was killed by an explosion Sunday while on a foot patrol in the Sangin region of Helmand province, the British Ministry of Defense said. At least 16 British troops have died in Afghanistan in July, a death toll that has sparked an outcry in Britain, AP said.

(Report from newswire sources.)

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