As of Tuesday, 996 U.S. military personnel have died since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom*. During the military initiative's first years, casualties in Afghanistan mainly occurred in the country's eastern provinces. Since 2009, violence and deaths have escalated in the southern region.
SOURCE: Department of Defense | Madonna Lebling, Magda Jean-louis and Cristina Rivero/The Washington Post - February 24, 2010
U.S. death toll in Afghan war nears 1,000 Article | More than eight years after the Taliban was toppled from power, the number of U.S. military fatalities in the war in Afghanistan is nearing 1,000, a grim milestone in a resurgent conflict that is claiming the lives of an increasing number of troops who had survived previous combat tours in Iraq.