Soldier from Yakima killed in Afghanistan

Soldier from Yakima killed in Afghanistan
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JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — A soldier from Yakima was killed in Afghanistan this week, according to the Department of Defense. Staff Sgt. Kenneth Bennett was killed by an IED during combat operations.

Bennett was assigned to the 53rd Ordnance Company (EOD), 3rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at least 2,025 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.

At least 1,686 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 118 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.