May 1, 2012

US military occupation forces in Afganistan under Commander-in-Chief Obama suffered 81 casualties in the week ending May Day, as the official casualty total for the Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 113,200.

The total includes 79,494 casualties since the US invaded Iraq in March, 2003 (Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “New Dawn”), and 33,706 since the US invaded Afganistan in November, 2001 (Operation “Eduring Freedom”)

AFGANISTAN THEATER: US forces suffered 81 casualties in the week ending May Day, as the total rose to 33,706. This includes 17,319 dead and wounded from from what the Pentagon classifies as “hostile” causes and 16,387 dead or medically evacuated (as of April 2) from what it calls “non-hostile” causes.

IRAQ THEATER: US casualties in week ending May Day remained at 79,494. That includes 35,751 dead and wounded from “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 (6,436 – 4,488 in Iraq,1,948 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (48,011–32,225 in Iraq, 15,786 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 6,436 total dead include 1,377 (962 in Iraq, 415 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 “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.