Pentagon: No US Military Casualties in Afghanistan in March

Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 09:27 PM

By Cathy Burke

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There were no U.S. military fatalities reported in Afghanistan for all of March — the first month since January 2007 without a single soldier dying from injuries in or out of combat, Stars and Stripes reports.

Before 2007, the only month free of U.S. fatalities since military operations began in Afghanistan in October 2001 was July 2002, according to the Department of Defense's online database.

Twelve service members were injured last month, the database showed; two non-U.S. coalition soldiers died in March, according to iCasualties, an independent website tracking coalition fatalities.

August 2011 was the deadliest month of the war for the U.S. so far, when 71 soldiers were killed or died from non-combat-related injuries, according to the Pentagon.

As of Monday, 2,309 U.S. service members have died in Afghanistan, and nearly 20,000 have been wounded.

The U.S. has been handing over combat responsibilities to the Afghan National Security Forces; all American troops will be withdrawn by the end of the year — but only if the Afghan government doesn't sign a pact allowing a continuing U.S. force to go beyond 2014, Stars and Stripes reported.

The U.S. has a total of about 33,000 troops currently in Afghanistan, down from a 2011 peak of about 100,000, the Pentagon says.

A total of 132 U.S. soldiers died there last year, compared with 313 in 2012 and 415 in 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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