US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,040

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As of Wednesday, at least 2,040 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 two less than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Wednesday at 7 a.m. PST.

At least 1,701 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 118 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.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 18,154 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

The latest identifications reported by the military:

—Sgt. Enrique Mondragon, 23, of The Colony, Texas, died Dec. 24, in Baraki Barak, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by small arms fire while on dismounted patrol; assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 173rd Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany.

—Cdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pa., died Dec. 22 of a noncombat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan; assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, Va.

—Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari, 39, of Baldwin, N.Y., died Dec. 14 in Logar province, Afghanistan; assigned to HHC 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany.

—Sgt. Michael J. Guillory, 28, of Pearl River, La., died Dec. 14 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

—Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid, 26, of Rochester, N.Y., died Dec. 13 in Landstuhl, Germany, from wounds suffered on Dec. 9, in Sperwan Village, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 53rd Ordnance Company (EOD), 3rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

—Staff Sgt. Nelson D. Trent, 37, of Austin, Texas, died Dec. 13 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division, Fort Worth, Texas.

— Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams, 25, of New Carlisle, Ohio, died Dec. 10 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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