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US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,043

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As of Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at least 2,043 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 two less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Wednesday at 10 a.m. EST.

At least 1,704 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 118 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, 18,201 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:

— Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, of Chester, Va., died Jan. 10 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by small arms fire while on mounted patrol; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

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http://www.defense.gov/news/

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