April 10, 2012

US military occupation forces in Afganistan and Iraq under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 300 casualties in the period ending April 10, as the official casualty total for the Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 112,983.

The total includes 79,493 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 33,490 since the US invaded Afganistan in November, 2001 (Operation “Eduring Freedom”)

AFGANISTAN THEATER: US forces suffered 286 casualties in the week ending April 10, as the total rose to 33,490 including the new monthly report on those inflicted by “non-hostile” causes. This includes 17,111 dead and wounded from “hostile” causes and 16,379 dead or medically evacuated (as of April 2) from “non-hostile” causes.

IRAQ THEATER: Us forces suffered 14 “non hostile” casualties in the period ending April 10 as the total rose to 79,493. That includes 35,750 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 43,743 dead or medically evacuated (as of April 2) from “non-hostile” causes.

US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by reporting regularily only the total killed (6,412 – 4,488 in Iraq,1,924 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (47,818–32,224 in Iraq, 15,594 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 58,753 (42,781 in Iraq,15,972 in AfPak (as of April 2) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medivaced out of theater, even though the 6,412 total dead include 1,369 (962 in Iraq, 407 in Afghanistan) who died from those same “non hostile” causes, including 312 suicides (as of April 2) and at least 18 in Iraq from faulty KBR electrical work.

*LIBYA :Operation “Odyessy 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.