U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan Hit 2,000

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Soldiers with Bravo Company 82nd Division Special Troops Battalion provide security during an air assault mission in 2009 in Parwan, Afghanistan.

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"There is a challenge for the administration," O'Hanlon said, "to remind people in the face of such bad news why this campaign requires more perseverance."

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Associated Press writers Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez in Kabul and researcher Monika Mathour in Washington contributed to this report.

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