US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,771

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Posted: Feb 21, 2012 3:14 PM
US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,771

As of Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at least 1,771 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP count is six less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at 10 a.m. EST.

At least 1,479 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 104 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 12 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is six more than the department's tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 15,343 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

_Four airmen died Feb. 18 when their U-28 aircraft was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa; killed were: Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo., assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, 29, of Newnan, Ga., assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.; 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 26, of Bend, Ore.; assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 26, of Upper Marlboro, Md., assigned to the 25th Intelligence Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

_Petty Officer First Class Paris S. Pough, 40, of Columbus, Ga. died Feb. 17 during a port visit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; assigned to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), home-ported in San Diego, Calif.

_ Sgt. Jerry D. Reed II, 30, of Russellville, Ark., died Feb. 16, in Paktika province, Afghanistan; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany.

_Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyler L. Estrada, 21, of Maricopa, Ariz., died Feb. 14 as a result of a noncombat-related training incident in Djibouti, Africa; assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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