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US Combat Deaths in Afghanistan Hit Highest Level in 5 Years;

• By Patrick Goodenough

The death of two more U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan on Wednesday brings to 14 the number of Americans killed in combat there this year – the highest annual combat death toll since 2014, and with more than four months of the year yet to run.

The Pentagon has yet to release details of the deaths reported by the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, withholding that information until families of the fallen are notified.

The 14 combat deaths this year compares to 13 in 2018, 11 in 2017, nine in 2016, and 11 in 2015. Forty U.S. personnel were killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2014.

Since the start of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, which succeeded Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2015, a total of 77 U.S. personnel have died, 57 of them in combat circumstances

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