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March Was First Month With No U.S. Combat Fatalities Since 2002

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President Obama noted the milestone during a Wednesday speech on the minimum wage in Michigan.

"Troops, they've been fighting two wars, are coming home. We just went through the first month since 2003 where no U.S. soldier was killed in either Afghanistan or Iraq," he said.

Since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom, 2,312 American soldiers have died in action in Afghanistan, according to the Huffington Post. In the Iraq war, 4,489 service members died in combat.

In February, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the U.S. would plan for American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan if Afghan President Hamid Karzai does not sign a security agreement. Karzai has indicated that he is not willing to keep a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said that the Huffington Post reported the statistics on Monday. The Huffington Post article was published Tuesday.