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Dec 16, 4:38 PM EST

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,213

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As of Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at least 2,213 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 Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST.

At least 1,833 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 136 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 four military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 20,060 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:

-Two soldiers died Dec. 12 in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device; killed were: Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, of New York City; and Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, Arizona; they were assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, Indiana, died Dec. 3 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from small arms fire while conducting a clearing operation; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

-Capt. William H. DuBois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado, died Dec. 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East; assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

-Two soldiers died Nov. 24 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device; killed were: Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, of Nanticoke, Maryland; assigned to Headquarters, United States Army Garrison, Fort Drum, New York; and Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27, of Grove City, Ohio; assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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