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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,921

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As of Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at least 1,921 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 four less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Monday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,598 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 116 more members of the U.S. military 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 one fewer than the department's tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 16,858 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

-Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Brodsky, 33, of Tamarac, Fla., died July 21 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from injuries related to a dismounted improvised explosive device blast; assigned to Navy Region Southwest Security Detachment, San Diego.

-Staff Sgt. Brandon R. Pepper, 31, of York, Pa., died July 21, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

-Spc. Darrion T. Hicks, 21, of Raleigh, N.C., died July 19 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained from an enemy improvised explosive device; assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Bamberg, Germany.

-Pfc. Jeffrey L. Rice, 24, of Troy, Ohio, died July 19, in Kandahar, Afghanistan; assigned to the 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

-Two sailors died in a helicopter crash July 19 in Oman and were declared deceased following an extensive search of the wreckage and the surrounding areas of the crash; they were assigned to the Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, Norfolk, Va.; killed were: Chief Naval Aircrewman Sean P. Sullivan, 40, of St. Louis, Mo., and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Joseph P. Fitzmorris, 31, of Ruston, La.

-Cpl. Joshua R. Ashley, 23, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., died July 19 while conducting combat operations in Helmand, Afghanistan; assigned to 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

-Two soldiers died July 18, in Ghazni City, Afghanistan, when their vehicle was struck by an enemy improvised explosive device; they were assigned to the 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; killed were: Sgt. Daniel A. Rodriguez, 28, of Baltimore, Md., and Sgt. Jose J. Reyes, 24, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico.

-Spc. Krystal M. Fitts, 26, of Houston, Texas, died July 17 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered from indirect fire; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

-Two soldiers died July 16, in Wali Kot District, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered when their vehicle was struck by enemy rocket propelled grenades; they were assigned to the 81st Troop Command, Indiana National Guard, Indianapolis, Ind.; killed were: Spc. Sergio E. Perez Jr., 21, of Crown Point, Ind., and Spc. Nicholas A. Taylor, 20, of Berne, Ind.

-Sgt. Erik N. May, 26, of Independence, Kan., died July 14, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

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