June 21, 2011

US military occupation forces in Iraq and Afganistan and attacking forces in Libya under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 144 combat casualties in the week ending June 21, as the official casualty total rose to 105,596.

The total includes 78,364 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 27,232 since the US invaded Afganistan in November, 2001 (Operation “Eduring Freedom”).and none reported since it attacked Libya (Operation “Odessy Dawn”) in March, 2011.

IRAQ THEATER: US forces suffered 12 combat casualties in the week ending June 21, as the total rose to 78,364. That includes 35,644 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 42,720 dead and medically evacuated (as of May 31) from “non-hostile” causes.

AFGANISTAN THEATER: US forces suffered 132 combat casualties in the week ending June 21 as the official total rose to 27,232. The total includes 13,406 dead and wounded from “hostile” causes and 13,826 dead and medically evacuated (as of May 31) from “non-hostile” causes.

LIBYA THEATER:Two air force officers in a downed F-15E were rescued with minor injuries which were not listed as casualties, but several Libyans were wounded by US fire in their rescue. Reports indicate US aircraft no longer fly combat missions over Libya, but focus on refeuling, survaillance and offshore missile launches.

US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by only reporting regularily the total killed (6,087 – 4,466 in Iraq, 1,621 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (44,266–32,129 in Iraq, 12,137 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 55,245 ( 41,769 in Iraq, 13,476 in AfPak as of May 31) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medivaced out of theater, even though the 6,087 total dead include 1,303 (951 in Iraq, 352 in Afghanistan) who died from those same “non hostile” causes, including 287 suicides (as of May 31) and at least 18 from faulty KBR electrical work.

WIA [Wounded in Action] are usually updated on Tuesday at www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

Non combat casualties are usually reported monthly at http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personnel/CASUALTY/castop.htm

The above report is published by Michael Munk via his email list.

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