Defense Department releases death tally for Afghanistan

Associated Press --- ABC News 

June 17, 2014

As of Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at least 2,185 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 eight less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,813 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 133 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 five more than the department's tally. The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dale Spencer inspects an old round of ammunition that was found near a cave on a mountainside near Bagram Airfield, Parwan province, Afghanistan, on June 6, 2012. Spencer is a squad leader with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Reaper.   DoD photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, U.S. Army. (Released)  --- U.S. Department of Defense, defense.gov

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dale Spencer inspects an old round of ammunition that was found near a cave on a mountainside near Bagram Airfield, Parwan province, Afghanistan, on June 6, 2012. Spencer is a squad leader with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Reaper.   DoD photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, U.S. Army. (Released)  --- U.S. Department of Defense, defense.gov

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 19,798 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

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