US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,571

July 26, 2011 - 3:43 PM

As of Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at least 1,571 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP count is three more than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,304 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 99 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 one fewer than the department's tally.

The Defense Department also counts two military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 12,877 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:

— Master Sgt. Benjamin A. Stevenson, 36, of Canyon Lake, Texas, died July 21 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire; he was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

—Two soldiers died July 19 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device; they were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; killed were Staff Sgt. James M. Christen, 29, of Loomis, Calif. and Sgt. Jacob Molina, 27, of Houston, Texas.

—Sgt. Omar A. Jones, 28, of Crook, Colo., died July 18, in Balkh province, Afghanistan; he was assigned to the 126th Chemical Battalion, 92nd Troop Command, Nebraska Army National Guard, Wahoo, Neb.

—Three soldiers died July 18 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their convoy with an improvised explosive device; they were assigned to the 131st Transportation Company, 213th Area Support Group, Williamstown, Pa.; killed were Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. Vangiesen, 30, of Erie, Pa.; Sgt. Edward W. Koehler, 47, of Lebanon, Pa.; and Staff Sgt. Brian K. Mowery, 49, of Halifax, Pa. Sgt. Mowery was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.

—Lance Cpl. Jabari N. Thompson, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died July 17 of wounds sustained July 13 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

—Cpl. Raphael R. Arruda, 21, of Ogden, Utah, died July 16 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; he was assigned to the 416th Theater Engineer Command, Ogden, Utah.

—Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero, 19, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, died July 15 of wounds suffered July 6 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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