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Department of Defense reports no combat losses for this month

DOD reports no combat losses for March 2014
DOD reports no combat losses for March 2014
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This morning’s Department of Defense News releases had no combat losses to report. Barring a late-night casualty in Afghanistan, the month of March will go in the books with no troop losses.

There were two troop deaths reported by the DOD on Mar. 3, 2014, however both of the deaths took place in late February, 2014.

Marine Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson, 20, of Waseca, Minn., died Feb. 28, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Air Force Master Sgt. David L. Poirier, 52, of North Smithfield, R.I., died Feb. 28, of a heart attack while serving in Qatar.

Since Operation Enduring Freedom began in 2001, there have been 2,176 reported troop losses; not all the troop deaths were combat-related.

Operation Enduring Freedom encompasses several areas of operation both inside and outside of Afghanistan, including the Horn of Africa and The Philippines.

The U.S. government has yet to finalize how many troops will remain in Afghanistan following the exit of some 40,000 combat troops at the end of this year. Some estimates call for as many as 10,000 U.S. troops to stay on for security purposes.

There are approximately 80,000 I.S.A.F. troops currently deployed to the region.

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