US soldiers die in Afghan bombing

Four soldiers are killed by roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan.

    July has become the deadliest month for US troops since the Afghan conflict began [GALLO/GETTY] 

    Also on Monday, a British fighter jet crashed injuring its two pilots. A day earlier, in an unrelated incident, a British soldier was killed in a bomb attack, bringing to 17 the number of British troops killed in July.

    The death toll is likely to increase political debate in London over the UK's role in the conflict.

    Public debate

    Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the outgoing Nato chief, who is in London for talks with Gordon Brown, Britain's prime minister, called the recent deaths in Afghanistan "tragic" and said it was right that there was debate.

    But he warned: "If we were to walk away, Afghanistan would fall to the Taliban, with devastating effect for the people there - women in particular.

    "Pakistan would suffer the consequences, with all that that implies for international security. Central Asia would see extremism spread. Al-Qaeda would have a free run again and their terrorist ambitions are global."

    Separately, the US has suggested it could overhaul its Bagram prison in Afghanistan in a bid to stem alleged abuses there.

    Marine Major General Douglas Stone, credited with revamping US detention practices in Iraq, was assigned to assess all detainee issues in Afghanistan, and his recommendations are now being reviewed by Admiral Michael Mullen,, the top US military officer, and Robert Gates, the US defence secretary.

    Lieutenant Colonel Alayne Conway, a spokeswoman for the joint chiefs of staff, said no hard dates had been set for completion of the review.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.