Afghan Lives Increasingly Lost To Roadside Bombs

"U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan and local civilians now share a grim common enemy: death by roadside bomb. July was the deadliest month for American troops since the war began in the fall of 2001. At least 43 U.S. servicemen lost their lives, with about two-thirds being killed by roadside bombs. Thats about the same ratio for Afghan civilians. The U.N. reports that about 1,000 civilians were killed through June, a 25 percent increase from the same period last year. Most of the bombs are crudely made, sometimes including fertilizer and diesel fuel packed into plastic jugs. They have little metal, so theyre difficult to find with metal detectors and other sophisticated equipment. So U.S. Marines are bringing in dogs to help sniff out the components. Lance Cpl. Robert Leddy and a black Labrador retriever named Lode are one of 13 bomb-detecting teams attached to the Marines 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment. Their task is to help clear the roads of the deadly bombs that are taking a