Washington-- It has been 10 years since the start of the Afghanistan war. The Department of Defense (DOD) release the number of military service members lost as a result of the war.
As of Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at least 1,626 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 five less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday morning around 10:00 a.m. At least 1,360 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 (OEF). Of those, 10 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 of Department also counts two military civilian deaths. Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 13,316 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.
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