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US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,077
Tuesday - 4/30/2013, 4:28pm EDT
The Associated Press
As of Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at least 2,077 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 three less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.
At least 1,719 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 119 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.
The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is four 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, 18,429 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.
The latest identifications reported by the military:
--Four airmen died April 27, near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft; killed were: Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28, of Woodbridge, Va.; assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii; assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, Ky.; assigned to the 552nd Operations Support Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.
--Two soldiers died April 23, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy indirect fire; they were assigned to the 2nd Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; killed were: Capt. Aaron R. Blanchard, 32, of Selah, Wash., and 1st Lt. Robert J. Hess, 26, of Fairfax, Va.
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