US Military Deaths In Afghanistan At 1,763

As of Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at least 1,763 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 seven less than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST.

At least 1,475 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 101 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 12 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, 15,282 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:

—Six Marines died Jan. 19 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. They were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Killed were Capt. Daniel B. Bartle, 27, of Ferndale, Wash., Capt. Nathan R. McHone, 29, of Crystal Lake, Ill., MSgt. Travis W. Riddick, 40, of Centerville, Iowa, Cpl. Jesse W. Stites, 23, of North Beach, Md., Cpl. Kevin J. Reinhard, 25, of Colonia, N.J., and Cpl. Joseph D. Logan, 22, of Willis, Texas.

—Cpl. Phillip D. McGeath, 25, Glendale, Ariz., died Jan. 18 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

—Spc. Keith D. Benson, 27, of Brockton, Mass., died Jan. 18, in Paktika province, Afghanistan. The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany.

—Two Marines died Jan. 15 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Killed were Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman, 22, of Tulsa, Okla., assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; and Lance Cpl. Kenneth E. Cochran, 20, of Wilder, Idaho, assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

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