February 28, 2012

US military occupation forces in Afganistan under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 40 casualties in the week ending February 28, as the official casualty total for both Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 112, 579.

The total includes 79,576 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 33,003 since the US invaded Afganistan in November, 2001 (Operation “Eduring Freedom”)

AFGANISTAN THEATER: US forces suffered 39 combat casualties in the week ending Feb 28 as the total rose to 33,003. The total includes 16,911 dead and wounded from “hostile” causes and 16,092 dead or medically evacuated (as of Feb 6) from “non-hostile” causes.

IRAQ THEATER: The Pentagon added one addtional combat death to its casualty numbers in the week ending Feb. 28 as the total rose to 79,576. That includes 35,750 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 43,826 dead or medically evacuated (as of Feb 6) from “non-hostile” causes.

US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by reporting regularily only the total killed (6,383 – 4,488 in Iraq,1,895 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (47,638–32,223 in Iraq, 15,415 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 58,558 (42,865 in Iraq,15,693 in AfPak (as of Feb. 6) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medivaced out of theater, even though the 6,383 total dead include 1,360 (961 in Iraq, 399 in Afghanistan) who died from those same “non hostile” causes, including 309 suicides (as of Feb 6) and at least 18 in Iraq from faulty KBR electrical work.

*LIBYA: Operation “Odessy Dawn” launched in March, officially ended Oct 31, 2011 with no reported US casualties.

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.