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July 23, 2014

News Briefs July 23, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,194

As of July 22, 2014, at least 2,194 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP count is three less than the Defense Department’s tally.

At least 1,817 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 134 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is four more than the department’s tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 19,882 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. AP

Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

Preliminary Pentagon data shows that suicides among active duty military increased a bit this year compared to the same period last year, but officials say that more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs.

Pentagon documents show there were 161 confirmed or suspected suicides as of July 14, compared to 154 during the same time frame in 2013. The uptick was among soldiers and Marines, while the Air Force and Navy suicides went down.

The documents were obtained by The Associated Press.

The Defense Department is also releasing final totals for 2013, showing that active duty suicides dropped by nearly 19 percent compared to 2012. Suicides among National Guard and Reserve members increased by about 8 percent. AP

California won’t send troops to Mexico border

California Gov. Jerry Brown won’t be deploying National Guard troops to the Mexico border like Texas is doing in response to an influx of immigrants.

Capt. Will Martin of the California Military Department said July 21 that Brown has no plans to send the California National Guard to the state’s southern border.

Martin issued a statement saying that Texas’ border ìpresents a significantly different set of considerations than those presented by the border shared by California and Mexico.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been a vocal critic of the White House’s response to the border crisis as he considers a second presidential run. He is deploying up to 1,000 troops over the next month at an estimated cost of $12 million per month. AP

Lockheed second quarter profit rises 3.5 percent

Lockheed Martin July 22 reported earnings that increased by 3.5 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts’ expectations.

The Bethesda, Md.,-based company said profit increased to $889 million, or $2.76 per share, from $859 million, or $2.64 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for profit of $2.66 per share.

The company reported revenue of $11.31 billion compared with $11.41 billion in the same quarter a year ago, and beat Wall Street forecasts. Analysts expected $11.07 billion, according to Zacks.

Lockheed Martin shares have risen $14.32, or 9.6 percent, to $162.98 since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 6.8 percent. The stock has climbed $47.33, or 41 percent, in the last 12 months. AP




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