US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,712
by The Associated Press
As of Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at least 1,712 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 five less than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST.
At least 1,435 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 103 more members of the U.S. military have 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 the same as the department’s tally.
The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.
Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 14,793 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.
The latest identifications reported by the military:
—Lance Cpl. Nickolas A. Daniels, 25, of Elmwood Park, Ill., died Nov. 5 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
—Two soldiers died Nov. 1, in Paktia province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard, Tulsa, Okla. Killed were Sgt. Christopher D. Gailey, 26, of Ochelata, Okla., and Pfc. Sarina N. Butcher, 19, of Checotah, Okla.
—Staff Sgt. Ari R. Cullers, 28, of New London, Conn., died Oct. 30, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when an insurgent rocket-propelled grenade exploded near him; assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
—Four soldiers died Oct. 29, in Kabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. Killed were Lt. Col. David E. Cabrera, 41, of Abilene, Texas, assigned to Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.; Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Newman, 26, of Shelby, N.C., assigned to Medical Company A, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii; Sgt. James M. Darrough, 38, of Austin, Texas, assigned to 101st Finance Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; and Sgt. Carlo F. Eugenio, 29, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., assigned to 756th Transportation Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, California Army National Guard, Van Nuys, Calif.
IMAGE: Family and friends look-on as a Military Funeral Honors Team from the Connecticut Army National Guard carries the casket of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ari R. Cullers into Nielan Funeral Home in New London, Conn., Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. Cullers, 28, of New London, died Oct. 30 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade, according to the Defense Department. He was a mechanic assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, N.Y. (AP Photo/The Day, Sean D. Elliot)
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