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US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,910

By The Associated Press
July 17, 2012
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As of Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at least 1,910 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 nine less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,593 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 114 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 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, 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:

--Staff Sgt. Carl E. Hammar, 24, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died July 14, in Khost province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire; assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

--Sgt. Michael E. Ristau, 25, of Rockford, Ill., died July 13 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device; assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

--Spc. Sterling W. Wyatt, 21, of Columbia, Mo., died July 11, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device; assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

--Six soldiers died July 8, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit in Wardak province, Afghanistan, with an improvised explosive device; they were assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas; killed were: Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, 31, of Tampa, Fla.; Spc. Erica P. Alecksen, 21, of Eatonton, Ga.; Spc. Clarence Williams III, 23, of Brooksville, Fla.; Pfc. Trevor B. Adkins, 21, of Spring Lake, N.C.; Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo, 21, of Porterville, Calif., and Pfc. Cameron J. Stambaugh, 20, of Spring Grove, Pa.

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