2019 has been the deadliest year for U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan in five years.
The Wednesday deaths of two U.S. service members in Afghanistan push the total killed in combat this year to 14, the most since 2014. The two service members reportedly died from small arms fire, although further details including names and the circumstances of the fatalities has not yet been released.
The article goes on to state the following:
About 2,400 military personnel have died in Afghanistan since the U.S. intervention in 2001, although those numbers have declined since December 2014 when the combat mission to the country, Operation Enduring Freedom, formally ended.
According to Washington Examiner, the following data has been reported regarding deaths in Afghanistan:
2018 – 13 service members killed
2017 – 11 service members killed
2016 – 9 service members killed
2015 – 10 service members killed
2014 – 40 service members killed (the combat mission was still ongoing)
2010 – Neary 500 service members killed (this was the deadliest year for troops in Afghanistan)
US combat deaths in Afghanistan hit five-year high https://t.co/GGQXxGBn5c
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 22, 2019
US Combat Deaths in Afghanistan Hit Highest Level in 5 Years; 2 More Casualties on Wednesday https://t.co/yC4Qb5miob
— Joe Blake (@jbalt63) August 22, 2019
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