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More Afghan Deaths Under Obama Than Bush

The death of a soldier from Nassau, New York tipped a tragic scale in American History. More soldiers have now died in the Afghan war under President Obama than died under President Bush. As the total Obama military death count (all locations) nears 800, the death tolls in the Afghan war are on the rise.

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Army Staff Sgt. Derek J. Farley, 24, of Nassau, N.Y., died Aug. 17 at Bala Boluk, Farah, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated as he attempted to disarm it. His death was the 576th in Afghanistan under the first two years of President Obama’s Command.* There were 575 deaths in Afghanistan during the two terms of President Bush. Farley was assigned to the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany.

*According to the Huffington Post’s math, Farley’s Death means more soldiers now have died in the Afghan war under President Obama than under President Bush. The total Obama Death Count stands at 796 as of this writing.

Three other soldiers also died the same day as Staff Sgt. Farley; Army Pfc. Benjamen G. Chisholm, 24, of Fort Worth, Texas died Aug.17 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Army Pvt. Charles M. High, IV, 21, of Albuquerque, N.M. died Aug.17 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Army Sgt. 1st Class Edgar N. Roberts, 39, of Hinesville, Ga., died Aug. 17 at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. (after wounds from the Afghan war). Reporting the August 17th dates in the order they were released by the Department of Defense, Farley’s death became the 576th under Commander in Chief Obama.

Katie Nowak at the Saratogian reports,

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“The body of Sgt. Derek J. Farley was transported back to the U.S. Thursday morning, greeted by an Army carry team at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Farley, 24, a Nassau native, was killed Tuesday morning in Bala Boluk, Farah, Afghanistan when the roadside bomb he was attempting to disarm exploded… Farley worked as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, diffusing improvised explosive devices, in the Army 702nd Division based out of Grafenwoehr, Germany. He was nearing the end of his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, his family said, and was only two weeks from returning home… “On behalf of all citizens of the Empire State, I wish to extend our condolences to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Staff Sergeant Derek Farley,” Paterson said in a statement. “This brave New York native died trying to save others. We will honor his sacrifice and we will not forget his service to our nation.”

We remember in prayerful thanksgiving Derek Farley, Benjamen Chisholm, Charles High IV, Edgar Roberts and all of our fallen military. Their sacrifice makes our freedom possible and we are eternally grateful. God bless all of the men and women in the U.S. military.

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