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U.S. Army Spc. Keenan Cooper Remains Arrive in North Dakota
The North Dakota National Guard Military Funeral Honors team transfers the remains of U.S. Army Spc. Keenan Cooper upon arrival at the 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard July 14, 2010. Cooper was killed in action while serving his country in Afghanistan July 5. Motorcycle riders of the North Dakota Patriot Guard and North Dakota Legion Riders are led by the North Dakota Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement, as they are escorting Cooper’s remains from Fargo to his hometown of Wahpeton, N.D., where his funeral will take place on Friday, July 16. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp

As of Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at least 1,988 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 six less than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,656 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, 12 were the result of hostile action.

Source: The Associated Press

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