US military deaths in Afghanistan rise to 2,198

Associated PressAugust 5, 2014 

As of Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at least 2,198 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 three less than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Monday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,819 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 134 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is five 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, 19,899 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

The latest identifications reported by the military

• Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr., of Lumber Bridge, North Carolina, died Aug. 3, in Jalalabad Air Field Hospital, Afghanistan, from a noncombat-related incident while on patrol that occurred in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

• Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23, of Parma, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile incident June 19 aboard USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) while the ship was underway in the Red Sea.

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