'Enduring Freedom' Claims 2000th US Fatality

Cpl. Taylor J. Baune of Andover, Minnesota, has the grim distinction
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2012 2:21 PM CDT
A flag is seen at the temporary marker for a mass grave in Section 60, an area largely used for those who died while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, at Arlington National Cemetery.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – "Operation Enduring Freedom" has officially claimed its 2,000th American life, with the death of Cpl. Taylor J. Baune of Andover, Minnesota, yesterday, CNN reports. Baune died in combat, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but no other details are available. He had just gotten married in March.

Operation Enduring Freedom is the broad name George W. Bush gave to the "war on terror." Its most visible component is the war in Afghanistan, and the lion's share of the casualties (1,884) have come there, but it also includes actions in more than a dozen other countries, including Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Djibouti, Eritrea, Turkey, and Yemen. (Read more Taylor J. Baune stories.)

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