The month of August is on track to be the deadliest month for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
On Wednesday, a U.S. service member was killed in an attack involving a roadside bomb and gunfire.
That death brings to 44 the number of U.S. troops who have died in Afghanistan this month -- tying August with July for the deadliest month of the eight-year war.
More than 60,000 U.S. troops are now in the country to combat rising insurgent violence.
The current timeline calls for U.S. troops to withdraw by August 2010.
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