June 14th, 2012
10:39 AM ET

2,000th U.S. death reported in Operation Enduring Freedom

The death of a U.S. Marine in southern Afghan combat has ushered in a grim milestone.

Cpl. Taylor J. Baune of Andover, Minnesota, is the 2,000th American to die in Operation Enduring Freedom, the name for what the Bush administration characterized as the "war on terror" after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The operation began with the invasion of Afghanistan and the toppling of the Taliban, which harbored the al Qaeda terror network that conducted the attacks. But there were military actions and activities in other countries, nearby and far-flung.

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  1. Marine Family

    We can always question events and their basis, however we should never forget that our brave men and women, with infinite courage and unfathomable strength, sacrifice their lives for this country.

    We are honored to have a Marine like Cpl. Baune serve this country. Our deepest appreciation goes out to the family and loved ones that supported him.

    June 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
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