Two more British troops died early this week in southern Afghanistan—the second and third killed since British troops took over from the US in Helmand province.
Fighting lasted four hours, with US planes involved in air strikes, according to locals.
Conflict is spreading across the country. Over 1,100 people, including some 50 Western troops, have been killed since January.
All of this comes after the US admitted that resistance to its occupation is growing.
The US is also worried that the Western backed government of Hamid Karzai is ceding more and more control to warlords who now run swathes of the country.