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American soldiers of Bravo Battery, 2/377 Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, sit by their 105mm artillery field gun while they wait for clearance before a fire mission in support of a nearby American patrol base in Paktia Province, Afghanistan. 3 September 2009. More than 60,000 U.S. troops are now in the country to combat rising insurgent violence. The U.S.-led NATO coalition in Afghanistan now has lost more troops this year than in all of 2008, and August has since become the deadliest month for the Americans since U.S. operations began nearly eight years ago. Photo by Simon Lim/Pictobank