January 17, 2012

US military occupation forces in Afganistan and Iraq under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 35 combat casualties in the week ending January 17, as the official casualty total for both Iraq and AfPak wars rose to 112,108

The total includes 79,599 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 32,509 since the US invaded Afganistan in November, 2001 (Operation “Eduring Freedom”)

AFGANISTAN THEATER: US forces suffered 23 combat casualties in the week ending Jan 17 as the total rose to 32,509 with monthly “non-hostile” casualties. The total includes 16,691 dead and wounded from “hostile” causes and 15,818 dead or medically evacuated (as of Jan. 3) from “non-hostile” causes.

IRAQ THEATER: It’s not clear whether “Operation New Dawn” has officially shut down in Iraq, but the remaining US forces suffered no combat casualties in the week ending Jan 17 as the total remained at 79,599. That includes 35,752 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 43,807 dead or medically evacuated (as of Jan 3) from “non-hostile” causes.

LIBYA THEATER:Operation “Odessy Dawn” launched in March, officially ended Oct 31. US combat missions, in which an F-15E was downed with two crewmen slightly injuted, were replaced with drones,refueling missions and offshore missile strikes for most of the hostilities.

US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by only reporting regularily the total killed (6,351 – 4,487 in Iraq,1,864 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (47,430–32,226 in Iraq, 15,204 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 58,268 (42,846 in Iraq,15,440 in AfPak as of Jan. 3) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medivaced out of theater, even though the 6,351 total dead include 1,338 (961 in Iraq, 377 in Afghanistan) who died from those same “non hostile” causes, including 309 suicides (as of Jan 3) and at least 18 in Iraq 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.