7 U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan So Far This Year

February 11, 2014 - 4:45 PM

Military Suicides

(CNSNews.com) -- Since Jan. 1, 2014, seven Americans have died in the Afghanistan war as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the Department of Defense (DOD). For total casualties in the war to date, 74% of them have occurred under President Barack Obama's watch.

Since the war began in October 2001, there have been 2,184 U.S. service personnel who  have given their lives in and around Afghanistan, according to CNSNews.com’s database of U.S. casualties in the war.

This number includes those mortally wounded in Afghanistan and some who died on board ships in Pakistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Among those killed, 1,615 of the 2,184 casualties – 74% – have occurred since January 20, 2009, when President Barack Obama took office. (The other 569 casualties occurred under President George W. Bush between Oct. 19, 2001 and Jan. 17, 2009.)

Seven of those 1,615 casualties have occurred since the beginning of this year, Jan. 1, 2014.

They include Sergeant Jacob M. Hess; Sergeant First Class William K. Lacey; Sergeant Daniel T. Lee; Chief Warrant Officer Andrew L. McAdams;  Sergeant Drew M. Scobie;  Specialist Andrew H. Sipple; and Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli.

Six of those soldiers  were married and leave behind widows, and combined they leave 11 children. Six of the seven deaths were combat-related due to an aircraft crash, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms fire.

CNSNews.com’s database of U.S. casualties in Afghanistan is based on official Department of Defense casualty announcements, with additional information drawn from media accounts.

Sergeant Jacob M. Hess.

Sergeant First Class William K. Lacey.

Sergeant Daniel T. Lee.

Chief Warrant Officer Andrew L. McAdams and Sergeant Drew M. Scobie.

Specialist Drew M. Sipple.

Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli.