NATO: 3 Americans killed in eastern Afghanistan

Two US service membersand one US employee were killed Friday in eastern Afghanistan,pushing the American death toll in January to 29.

NATOannounced the deaths in a brief statement that did not say whether thethree were killed by hostile fire or an accident. It said the incidentwas under investigation and no further information was available atthis time.

The number of American dead as January draws to aclose is more than double the 14 reported in the same month last year,reflecting warnings that more US casualties were expected with aninflux of 37,000 coalition forces as part of US President Barack Obama'sstrategy against the Taliban.