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In the month of July, 54 coalition soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, including 32 Americans. This was as the United States began drawing down its forces, with some 10,000 U.S. troops due to pull out by the end of the year. Currently, the U.S. has some 150,000 troops deployed in Afghanistan. This month also saw an escalation in recent assassinations claimed by the Taliban, as both the mayor of Kandahar and President Hamid Karzai's half-brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, were killed. The assassinations and continued suicide attacks are heightening uncertainty in the face of troop withdrawals, despite assurances from both coalition and Afghan officials. Gathered here are images from the ongoing conflict over the past 31 days, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. [41 photos]

Members of the Third Platoon, Bravo Battery of the Automatic Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, light up the Zabul province night firing their M777A2 howitzer at suspected enemy movements from Forward Operating Base Pasab, Zharay District, Zabul province, Afghanistan, on July 20, 2011. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Christopher McCann)

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ROLLER COASTER RESCUE: Firefighters practiced rescuing people from a stuck roller coaster in Leipzig, Germany, Tuesday. (Jan Woitas/Zuma Press)

LOOKING FOR VOTERS: Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, second from right, leaned to avoid tree branches as his truck drove down a street during a campaign for his Democrat Party in Bangkok Tuesday. Thailand’s general election is July 3. (Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press)

GETTING HELP: An Afghan girl named Persia was transported on a medical helicopter by U.S. forces to a military hospital outside Sangin, Afghanistan, Tuesday. She suffered head injuries after falling of a truck, and her father brought her to U.S. troops for medical treatment. (Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press)

GROUNDED: A plane covered in volcanic ash sat parked at an airport in southern Argentina Tuesday. Winds had carried the ash from the erupting Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic complex, a ridge between two craters just west of the Chilean-Argentine border that began erupting Saturday. (Alfredo Leiva/Associated Press)

A LINEUP: A vendor displayed stuffed animals for sale along a roadside as he waited for customers on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

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