US military deaths at 2,040 in Afghanistan
By Meena Haseeb - Thu Dec 27 2012, 9:34 am
In the meantime accorrding to US Department of Defense tally at least 2,042 US troops have died since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001.
According to the military’s numbers, around 1,701 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action.
The department of defense reports at least 118 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom outside Afghanistan.
At least 11 of the service members had died in hostile action however the AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is five more than the department’s tally.
The defense department also reproted three civilian deaths and since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 18,154 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action.
The latest identifications reported by the military is 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.