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New tally shows more than 1,700 Americans died in Afghanistan campaign

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

More than 1,700 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan that began in late 2001.

The Associated Press released a new count on Tuesday, which is five less than the Defense Department's total. The Associated Press reports 1,724 military members have died, while the Defense Department reports 1,729 as of Tuesday morning.

Of those who have died, at least 1,449 military service members were killed as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

A total of 8 Iowans died as a result of hostile action this year.

They are:

  • SPC Shawn Muhr of Coon Rapids, active duty Army - killed January 29, 2011
  • SPC Brent Maher of Honey Creek, Iowa National Guard - killed April 11, 2011
  • SPC Don Nichols of Shell Rock, Iowa National Guard - killed April 13, 2011
  • SSG James Justice of Grimes, Iowa National Guard - killed April 23, 2011
  • SSgt Joe Hamski of Ottumwa, Iowa Airman, Air Force - killed May 26, 2011
  • SFC Terryl Pasker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa National Guard - killed July 9, 2011
  • PO1 Jon Tumilson of Rockford, U.S. Navy SEAL - killed August 6, 2011
  • Cpl Zach Reiff of Preston, U.S. Marines - killed November 21, 2011

Outside of Afghanistan, the Defense Department reports at least 103 more members of the U.S. military have died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom this year. Of those, 12 were the result of hostile action.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 14,969 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

 

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