4 US soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb killed four American soldiers in eastern Afghanistan Monday overnight, driving the July death toll for US forces to the highest monthly level of the war. The latest deaths brought to at least 30 the number of American service members who have died in Afghanistan this month - two more than the figure for all of June 2008, which had been the deadliest month for the US since the 2001 US-led invasion drove the Taliban from power. US commanders had predicted a bloody summer after President Barack Obama ordered 21,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan in a bid to turn the tide against a resurgent Taliban and shift the focus on the global war against Islamic extremism from Iraq. Making a pessimistic prediction, NATO's outgoing Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Monday that terrorism would spread through the world if NATO forces fail in Afghanistan.