U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000

U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000

September 30th, 2012 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

An armed forces member salutes a funeral procession after services for slain Army Pfc. Jon R. Townsend, in Claremore, Okla. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Townsend, 19, died Sept. 16 in Afghanistan when his unit was fired on in an "insider" attack by Afghan police.

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

KABUL, Afghanistan - KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. military is confirming the death of an American service member in eastern Afghanistan, bringing the number of American troops dead in Afghanistan in the long-running conflict to 2,000.

The international coalition in Afghanistan said earlier Sunday that one of its service members was killed in a suspected insider attack by Afghan forces on Saturday. A U.S. official said that the dead service member was American. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the nationality of the dead had not yet been formally announced.

The number of American dead reflects an Associated Press count of those members of the armed services killed inside Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion on Oct. 7, 2001.