4 NATO troops, 1 from US, die in Afghan fighting

Four NATOservice members — including one American — were killed in actionMonday, the deadliest day for the international force in more than twoweeks.

Combat deaths are still running at higher levels than inrecent years even through the traditional winter fighting lull anddespite talk of peace overtures to the Taliban and their allies.

The American service member, who was not identified, died in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan, the NATO command announced.

Two other soldiers, whose nationalities were not released, were killed in a firefight in the south, the main theater of the war.