June 28, 2011

US military occupation forces in Iraq and Afganistan and attacking forces in Libya under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 184 combat casualties in the week ending June 28, as the official casualty total rose to 105,781.

The total includes 78,368 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 27,413 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 three combat casualties in the week ending June 28, as the total rose to 78,368. That includes 35,647 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 42,721 dead and medically evacuated (as of May 31) from “non-hostile” causes.

AFGANISTAN THEATER: US forces suffered 181 combat casualties in the week ending June 28 as the official total rose to 27,413. The total includes 13,587 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 (6,102 – 4,469 in Iraq, 1,633 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (44,436–32,130 in Iraq, 12,306 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 55,246 ( 41,770 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 6,102 total dead include 1,304 (952 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 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.