US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,771

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As of Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at least 1,771 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 five less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Monday at 10 a.m. EST.

At least 1,478 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 102 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 three 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, 15,322 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:

— Pfc. Cesar Cortez, 24, of Oceanside, Calif.; died Feb. 11, in the Kingdom of Bahrain; assigned to 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, Texas.

—Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca, 20, of North Arlington, N.J.; died Feb. 10 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

—Sgt. 1st Class Billy A. Sutton, 42, of Tupelo, Miss.; died Feb. 7 in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan; assigned to the 223rd Engineer Battalion, 168th Engineer Brigade, Mississippi National Guard, West Point, Miss.

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