As of Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at least 2,133 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,676 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. The figures include five military civilians.

The AP count is five lower than the Defense Department's tally, last updated at 10 a.m. EST Thursday.

The British military has reported 98 deaths; Italy, 27; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, three; Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia one death each.

Since May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 1,994 U.S. military members have died, according to AP's count. That includes at least 1,567 deaths resulting from hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

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The latest death reported by the military:

_ A Marine was killed Wednesday when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Ramadi, Iraq.

_ A soldier was killed Thursday when his convoy struck a roadside explosive in east Baghdad.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

_ Army Cpl. Jimmy L. Shelton, 21, Lehigh Acres, Fla.; died Sunday, from mortars in Baeji, Iraq; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

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