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Three More U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan; Grim Milestone

(CNN) -- Three U.S. soldiers were killed in two separate blasts in southern Afghanistan, making July the deadliest month for American forces since the war started nine years ago.

The three died Thursday after an improvised explosive device attack, the International Security Assistance Force said.

Their deaths bring the July tally to 63. A total of 85 international service members, including Americans, have died this month.

Before this month, June was the deadliest month for Americans and coalition forces. A total of 103 international soldiers died last month -- including 60 Americans. The totals are based on reports compiled by CNN.

The grim milestone comes amid concern at home over Washington's strategy in the Afghanistan war.

Coalition forces have intensified their war against insurgents, sparking fears that militants will bolster their attacks.

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