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NATO has announced that six more US troops have died in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for July to at least 66.
The number released on Friday has surpassed the previous month's record, and make July the deadliest for US forces. American soldiers say every step they take is filled with danger.
Bradly Parrish, Specialist, US Army, said, "Scary. It's you never know when it's coming. I mean, like when we go on patrols and we're walking because they use the pressure plates out here, and any step could potentially be your last, and you just kind of have to accept it every time you walk out of wire."
According to the NATO statement, six more Americans were reported killed by insurgent attacks on Thursday and Friday in southern Afghanistan.
US and NATO commanders had warned that casualties would rise as the International Assistance Force for Afghanistan ramps up the war against the Taliban, especially in their southern strongholds of Helmand and Kandahar provinces.
On Friday, British and Afghan troops launched a new offensive in the Sayedebad area of Helmand. All signs point to more bloodshed in the months ahead.