Three American soldiers were killed Saturday in a bombing in a southern province, and a French soldier died in a separate attack north of Kabul.
The U.S. servicemen were killed when two roadside bombs exploded while they were on patrol in Kandahar province, the military said. The increased use of such powerful bombs by Taliban insurgents has been a major factor in the U.S. military's rising death toll, which reached 43 in July, the highest level since the war began in late 2001.
In a separate incident in a valley north of the capital, a French soldier was killed and two others were wounded during sustained fighting with insurgents.
Deaths last week
As of Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at least 684 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department. Names not reported elsewhere:
• Navy Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Andrew Scott Charpentier, 21, Great Falls, Mont.; non-combat related illness; July 23.
• Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory A. Posey, 22, Knoxville, Tenn., combat Thursday; Helmand province.
• Army Pvt. Gerrick D. Smith, 19, Sullivan, Ill.; non-combat incident Wednesday; Herat.
• Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan F. Stroud, 20, Cashion, Okla., combat Thursday; Helmand.
• Marine Pfc. Donald W. Vincent, 26, Gainesville, Fla.; combat Saturday; Helmand.
• Army Chief Warrant Officer Douglas M. Vose III, 38, Concrete, Wash.; small-arms fire Wednesday; Kabul province.