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Joshua Silverman: 49th Arizona Soldier to Die in Afghanistan

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Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua Silverman, a 35-year-old from Scottsdale, was one of six soldiers who died in a helicopter crash this week in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department.

Silverman is the 49th Arizonan to die in Afghanistan under "Operation Enduring Freedom."

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-Jonam Russell: 48th Arizona Soldier to Die in Afghanistan

"They died Dec. 17, in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered as a result of a helicopter crash," the DoD release says. "The incident is pending investigation."

According to a CNN report, the helicopter likely crashed from mechanical failure, but "two senior U.S. officials" said the soldiers may have survived the crash and been killed by enemy fire.

Fifty-one Arizonans have died in "Operation Enduring Freedom," with 49 of the deaths in Afghanistan, where Pat Tillman was the first Arizonan killed back in April 2004.

Ninety-eight Arizona soldiers died during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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