US Death Toll In Afghanistan Tops 2,200 In August

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    Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia March 11, 2013. Coyer died of complications from an injury sustained in Afghanistan. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, there have been 2,202 deaths in Afghanistan since Operation Enduring Freedom began in 2001. Reuters
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    Researchers are looking for cures to brain ailments such as Alzheimer's, epilepsy and various forms of physically inflicted brain trauma. Pictured: U.S. soldiers from 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne walk while on patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, April 24, 2012. Reuters
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    Sgt. Matt Krumwiede prepares to put on prosthetic legs to practice riding his longboard at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 24, 2014. Krumwiede was on patrol in Afghanistan in 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device, which tore away both his legs. Reuters
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The death of a high-ranking U.S. Army officer, Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, at a military training facility in Kabul on Tuesday was the latest blow in a long line of failures for the Afghan military and underlined the susceptibility of the U.S.-Afghan partnership to extremism. In all, there have been 2,202 deaths of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom began in 2001, according to the U.S. Department of Defense

Greene’s death is a reminder that the ongoing coalition operations in Afghanistan have not always gone according to plan. Of those killed in Afghanistan, 1,820 died from combat, and 382 died in non-hostile situations.

The deadliest year for U.S. troops in Afghanistan was 2010. Some 499 soldiers were killed in Afghanistan that year, followed by 418 deaths in 2011. The majority of soldiers who have died during Operation Enduring Freedom were between 21 and 26 years of age.

An additional 19,797 U.S. soldiers have been injured in Afghanistan as of Wednesday, the Department of Defense reports. 

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