American among 4 NATO troops killed in spate of attacks
Three British paratroopers and an American service member were killed in attacks in Afghanistan's south and east, officials said Friday, raising the number of international troops slain in the first week of August to 19. The pace of Western casualties could make August the deadliest month for U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan since the start of the nearly eight-year war. NATO and the British government said the paratroopers' armored vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb during a patrol with Afghan forces in the southern province of Helmand on Thursday. Taliban insurgents then opened fire. The soldiers fired back, but the three were killed and one was critically wounded, officials said. NATO also said an American service member was killed in an attack on a convoy Friday in eastern Afghanistan. It did not immediately provide further details.
Iraq: A suicide truck bomber flattened a Shiite mosque Friday in northern Iraq and roadside bombs struck Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad as at least 51 people were killed and scores wounded nationwide.
South Africa: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Friday to improve relations with South Africa, the continent's economic powerhouse, with the two sides agreeing to cooperate more closely on issues including climate change and the turmoil in Zimbabwe.
Sri Lanka: The arrest of Selvarasa Pathmanathan, the Tamil Tigers' new leader, has dealt a major blow to the rebels' efforts to regroup and push on with their separatist struggle after being routed by Sri Lankan forces, the government said Friday.