- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

As of Tuesday, at least 1,812 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion that began in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP count is 13 less than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

At least 1,514 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 112 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 one 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, 15,713 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department.

The latest identifications reported by the military:

• Staff Sgt. Joseph H. Fankhauser, 30, of Mason, Texas; died April 22 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

• Capt. Michael C. Braden, 31, of Lock Haven, Pa.; died April 18 in Bagram, Afghanistan; assigned to the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

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